It’s that time of year again, and NFL football fans are licking their lips because this week they’ll start to see a flurry of exhibition games—signaling that the start of the 2012 season is not far away. It used to be the case that the NFL was a fall sport, but now it seems to be year-round. After the Super Bowl, free agency begins. Then the college players come to the combines where their skills are tested. Then the draft occupies our attention. Before long, the mini-camps and organized team activities start taking place. Now we are in training camp—with real games just around the corner. It is incredible how, more than any other American sport, the NFL is capable of commanding our attention all year long.
For the follower of Christ, something else should command our attention on a continual basis—the inspired Scriptures that we have been given. Paul told Timothy, “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:13). That is significant. Timothy, a young pastor, could have easily been distracted by the demands of serving Christ and caring for His flock, but Paul rightly pointed him to something that must always command our attention. We dare not allow the life-changing wisdom of the Bible to be pushed to the margins of our hearts, lives, and priorities. The Scriptures should command our attention consistently—for they deserve our attention always.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain