Sometimes athletic coaches take their sports to seriously in my opinion. It makes me sad, for instance, to see grade school baseball or soccer coaches yelling and screaming at their young players to get them to play better. They want to be sure that these kids focus all their energy on winning. Some of these coaches insist that these young kids sacrifice their personal lives and family lives just to win a little-league baseball game.
This is sad, because these coaches have their priorities wrong. Yes, they are right that it is important to “win,” but we have to try our hardest to “win” at the important things first. Winning a little league game, or even winning an NFL game is not as important as winning at family life. Even more important than family life–although integrally related to it–is spiritual life. Ultimately, we need to try to win at being good Christians. That is why we need to FIRST AND FOREMOST focus on our relationship to God above all else. If we do this, we will earn an eternal reward:
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (I Corinthians 9:25 NIV)
I personally, do not care about getting a heisman trophy. I want a crown that will last forever.