Did you know that God wants us to experience pleasure? In spite of all the stereotypes out there, Christians know that God is not a killjoy or a spoilsport; he created so many great things for us to enjoy, and sports are one of them. As runner Eric Liddell said, “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
Sports are a good gift from God. They promote health, give people a way to enjoy one another’s company, and are just plain fun. That pleases God, who wants the best for us and has provided so many pleasures for us to experience.
Of course, as with any good thing, it is possible to misuse sports. Some people get their priorities wrong, and sports become more important to them than family, friends, work, or even health. We see this in people who over-exercise, even though they’ve been warned about the damage they’re doing to their own bodies. We see this in the bitter feuds that sometimes erupt between friends who support different teams. We see it, more quietly, when people choose to watch sports events on TV instead of spending time with spouses or children who need them.
Those of us who are Christians rely on God to help us keep our priorities straight. We want to enjoy the pleasure that goes with playing or watching sports. But we also want to keep hold of all the other good things in our lives—family, friends, work, and so on. We believe that if God is our number one priority, he will help us to keep all the other good things in a proper balance. Then we can really enjoy them wholeheartedly.