As I’m putting this article together our church is about to begin our final scheduled revival service. This revival has been so refreshing for me and I know it has been for many others as well. I’m so thankful that my son Matthew responded to the Lord and placed his faith in Christ last night! Matthew had a baseball game that could have kept him from being in the service, and I almost made arrangements to get him to his game but the Lord impressed upon my heart that he should not miss the service. I didn’t know what God was going to do but I’m glad that Matthew was at church!
This got me to thinking about how we’ve made sports so sacred and on the same level if not more important than the things of God. Let me assure you that Matthew didn’t miss much by missing his game, but what could he have missed had he not been in church to hear the message that he needed hear? It very well could have been the difference of heaven or hell! What a thought!
Parents, are we investing in our students the things that really matter? Things that will last? The apostle Paul wrote, “If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Cor. 3:12-15).
May the majority of our works not be burned up on the Day of Judgment, but may we receive rewards for making the eternal things of God the priority in our lives and in the lives of our students. I like what someone told me last night, “Matthew hit a home run tonight!” Yes he did, and his dad almost robbed him of that most important experience by having him go to his game, and what’s worse is I would not have even known it! What else have I done that I don’t yet realize? God help us to realize the value of our choices as parents! Eternity is way too long to be side tracked with things that don’t really matter!