Growing up, I loved sports of all kind, and I was willing to sacrifice quite a bit in order to play. I would travel with different select teams, and at one point I was playing on a select baseball team and playing football at the junior high. I would leave football practice, after running several miles, and go to baseball practice. I wouldn’t get home until after dinner time, and then I still had homework to do. It was a difficult time, but I loved it!
And then I get to high school…My sophomore year was awesome from the athletic side of things. I was playing well, and the coaches loved me. I could get away with things that others couldn’t. I even was given extra food while we were at away games. It was fantastic. The summer after my sophomore year I even gave up six weeks to workout at the school three days a week. Things were looking good for my junior year. Then, they changed the position I played, and it didn’t suit me as well. The coaches began to drift away from me. Then, I hurt my knee and was out several weeks. The coaches abandoned me. It went as far as some would even avoid me in the halls at school. I had spent all that time and energy investing in my athletic career only to find out that I was used.
I invested in something that ultimately got me nowhere. It was a big waste of time. Instead of focusing on athletics, I spent my last year and a half of high school focusing on my academics. During that time, I was able to improve my grades enough to move into the top 10% of my graduating class. That set me on a path to pursue a lifetime of academics. That changed everything for me.
What we invest in matters.
Parents, what are you investing in? What are you encouraging your kids to invest in?
As a parent, our primary job is to invest in our kids and teach them of spiritual things.
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Above all other worldly pursuits, we are to invest in our kids. It’s not about chasing the next dollar that we can earn, our hobbies, or any other pursuit we might be seeking. We should be investing in our kids so they will understand the ways of God. DISCIPLE YOUR CHILDREN!
Push your kids to invest in spiritual things. While sports are fun, they don’t matter in the long-run. While video games are fun, they don’t even matter in the short-term. Whatever your kids are pursuing, if it isn’t a relationship with Jesus, it ultimately does not matter.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
What you invest in has eternal implications. Invest in what matters and push your kids to pursue godly things as well.