Similar to film and Netflix, one major reason there is such obsession with sports is because our own stories are buried in them, whether we ever physically participated in those sports or not. Like it, or not we are all unavoidably involved in a contest on which far more depends than upon any sporting event or film outcome. As also in any novel we have ever read, something deep within us is searching relentlessly for our own identity and destiny in all these spectator experiences. As an apparent spectator we think or suppose we are safe and insulated. The actors. the characters, the athletes. they are the ones directly involved and affected. But whatever affects one directly affects us all indirectly, as Martin Luther King said. Ideally these movies, games, marches, novels etc should motivate and inspire us to deeper involvement and commitment in our own lives and environments, but, alas, what is more likely is that it substitutes the artificial experience of the artists and athletes for our own. We tend thus to be such vicarious creatures. But we are to be "scoring points" in life. We do so by helping others and ourselves in the most basic ways, beginning in our own homes and families. Muchas if not most of what we do never appears on the "stat sheets." That is, it is never tabulated or quantified, or celebrated. Coaches call these kinds of things; the intangibles. But the intangibles are what make up most of the contest of life; largely, they make our lives what they are when they are lives of service unto the One who created and redeemed us. The point is that we need to be as least as excited and absorbed in and about the developments in the contest and drama of our own lives as we are about those stories and contests that the media presents us on a daily basis, because there is much more at stake in what is unfolding in our every day lives. By faith we can hear the cheering of the departed saints and the angels when we are in position to give someone an assist today and every day, toand when we follow through and actually do it for the glory of God!
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