This summer I have realized a national phenomenon in a personal way. My family has always enjoyed sports. I played baseball, basketball and football growing up and loved it. At 10 years of age we would have a weekly baseball practice and a Saturday game. I looked forward to going to the ballpark every week. As I grew older the amount of games and practice naturally increased. I would go to basketball camp in the summer and baseball camp in the fall or winter.In High School the demands were even greater, so much so that I decided to commit to only playing football and baseball my sophomore year.
However, I have recently realized that there as been a colossal shift in the time and resource commitment required to play sports, be in band, act in a drama etc.Every week of this summer, except for TWO mandatory ‘rest’ weeks, my lil’ sister will be playing basketball somewhere in America. Yes, somewhere in America!
Today middle-school aged ‘children’ will play anywhere from 5 – 15 games of basketball per week.
She has played in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio that I know of. REMINDER: She is 13 years old. Is there any chance we have over-emphasized games and under emphasized life?
Most Youth Pastors like me struggle to get kids to go to church camp because we can’t schedule around the 100 sports/drama/band/music/art/etc. camps. A week of character teaching, friendship enriching, moral strengthening and disciple making just isn’t as important to Christian folk as it once was.
I’m tired of hearing people complain about today’s youth. When the average father spends less than 60 seconds talking with their children per day, what do you expect? We want our kids to shoot 100 free throws in the backyard, practice piano for 45 minutes and dance for 2 hours, (All good things, don’t get me wrong) but never spend five minutes with God as a family. Has your family had a devotional time together in the last 60 days? Has our desire for excellence been placed on insignificant things too much?
Today’s teen can navigate the Internet with a master degree level of skill, but do they even know how to open the map of life? Early in our math education we are taught proportions. I think we should examine our commitment proportions. How committed are we to the important things of life vs. the not so important things of life?
What say You???