Can we say life is a sport? Recently a friend shared about her daughter and son’s experiences on the soccer field. These are the A and B teams of this world, in a children’s arena. Now coaches are instructing their teams to take out the main line players of the team. That is anything goes, tackle, jump on their ankles, kick them in the knees, elbow them in the gut, twist and pinch their arms. They can be out for two or more days with severe injuries but the coaches are not calling the foul plays.
It’s all meant to win no matter how you play, even if you cheat at winning. No, it’s not called cheating, but I call it that. If you cannot win a sport on your own merit without trying to kill the other player then you are cheating. Your skills are not what your trophy says on the shelf.
It is pathetic that sports have come down to this. Break their bones first so you can win. In another instance a daughter was watching a water polo match which was an inspiration of hers for a future scholarship. These freshman year high school students were accosted by a mammoth girl who was walking through the water breaking fingers.
What has competitive sports taught young children and young adults? To win at all costs. No wonder we are having an epidemic of narcissists. It is not about sportsmanship but about winning and killing off your opponent. One team lost and they were all sobbing their heads off like it was the end of the world.
So we take this mentality into our society. These children grow up mean spirited, abusers, heartless and cold. They have no regard for others only themselves. Your own teammates are your enemy because you are the only one to get recognized not others. They lie and cheat, destroy to gain. Power is winning and winning is power. Their world leaves no room for loving your neighbor because the only approved love is a self-centered love that exalts your own agenda. Self-esteem no longer means confidence but engrossed vanity that only admires the mirror.
Ingrown toenails are painful; they are not supposed to grow this way. These sports have become like ingrown toenails festering in blistering rage teaching these young minds to fight and destroy like army tanks rolling over the masses. Has it always been this way or have we spun on this earth so long that the human race is out of control?
Matthew 16:26 (KJV)
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Taking this into the spiritual life, we cannot make up our own rules to benefit ourselves when God already defined what those were upon the cross and His word.
How do we win the prize? Play by the rules and if the rules are made up along the way, they are not rules established by the association.
If a young soccer player purposely gets elbowed in the face, the coach sees but ignores it; they should get fired for being incompetent. This is why many are turning into savage wolves because they all want to win like gladiators in a rink. Reminds me of the Roman days of old.
2 Timothy 2:5 (KJV)
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.