When football comes around every year the question is, how much time will you spend watching it? To what degree will you allow it to consume your time at home, and your conversations at work? Now, of course, there is nothing wrong with football. Is there something wrong, though, when it becomes such a high priority that it replaces personal responsibility and time spent with the family? I will let you answer that question.
I am not seeking to be judgmental in this article and it is not intended to lay guilt on any man, but men, I want you to think about something. Some men are, indeed, obsessed with this sport 5 months out of the year, from September through January. Think about that. For 5 months, almost half of every year, they are glued to the TV screen, every time a game is aired during the week and on weekends, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and of course, on superbowl Sunday. If one took the number of games watched during the course of a season and multiplied it by the average number of hours it takes to watch a game, including all pro, high school, and college games, it would probably add up to a staggering number of hours. The same could be said for any other sport, or all sports combined.
I know some men have wives who like to watch football also. Watching sports is a great way to relax and enjoy life, but is there a point at which it becomes excessive? Is there a need to discipline oneself as to the number of hours spent watching football(and other sports), and to what degree is it time better spent?
Here are several questions that will reveal this.
1. Men, do you ever stay home from church to watch a game and send your wife and kids by themselves?
2. Has your wife become passively accepting of your nose being buried in the TV screen, when she would rather being doing something--with you?
3. Are the children ever sent to another room or outside to play to keep themselves occupied so that you can watch your favorite team?
4. Is there family coming over for Thanksgiving that you have not seen in 5 years, but you are going to spend the time watching football instead of deepening your relationship with them?
If it has gotten to that point, perhaps you need to seriously consider how this sport is infringing upon your relationships.
Ephesians 5:16 says you should "make the most of your time." I hope you have taken this in the right spirit. Thanks for taking the time to read this article. Now, sit down and enjoy a great game of football and may your team win. Remember this too. Many football players are Christians and are playing to the glory of God. Pray for them and all the players, that none of them will have any serious injuries.