Friday, June 18, 2010

The "wide world of sports" and lessons in seeking God...

Aaron and I recently celebrated our anniversary.  In those eight years we’ve been together, I have developed a wealth of knowledge about the wide world of sports. 

Sports Center” is a regular part of our Saturday mornings.  Monday night football is a given.  Baseball is must-see TV throughout the summer.  Tennis, golf, Nascar, and basketball flash across our viewing screen. 

Our daughters learn what “color” to cheer for.  And now, our girls think that every outdoor baseball stadium they see is Target Field, because they’ve heard all about Minnesota baseball’s return to the outdoors.

I’ve even been known to make random comments like, “Didn’t he used to play for the Mariners?” and “They really need instant replay in this sport.”  Sometimes, I surprise myself with the things I’ve learned.  But it really shouldn’t come as a surprise.  I’ve been taking a “sports immersion course” for the past eight years. 

In the same way that I’ve learned sports facts from being married to a sports fan, we can learn about God’s character from spending time with him.  Autum Liberty said, “When you spend time in the Word of God, it transforms you from the inside out. It replaces stress with peace; anger with compassion; hate with love; worry with faith; and weariness with energy.”  Our knowledge of God begins to affect our daily lives.  (Which is even more helpful than knowing about ERAs or YACs!)

But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul..”  Deuteronomy 4:29

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