DON’T WASTE YOUR SPORTS – C.J. Mahaney (2011)

“Don’t Waste Your Sports” by C.J. Mahaney is a book worth reading.  In fact, every Christian athlete should read this book.

Mahaney applies 1 Corinthians 10:31 to the athletic area – “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  With the biblical imperative firmly implanted in our hearts and minds, Mahaney calls readers to either a) “examine our hearts and lives for the presence of idolatry,” or b) “devote ourselves to the glory of God in all of life, including sports.”

So Mahaney urges athletes to run, pass, kick, and cycle to the glory of God: “Every play, every inning, every race becomes an opportunity to draw attention to God.”  The essence of this act is worship.  The author adds, “[Worship] is something we do in all of life, including our sports.”  So we draw attention to the greatness of God – not personal greatness.

Mahaney suggests several way to play to the glory of God:

  • We play to the glory of God by thanking him for his good gifts.
  • We play to the glory of God by demonstrating humility on the field.

Don’t Waste Your Sports in the final analysis is more about the gospel than sports: “The cross of Christ not only makes possible forgiveness of sin, but also provides power to overcome sin.”  This bedrock truth encourages Christ-centered behavior on and off the field.  It encourages athletes to do everything to the glory of God.

Don’t Waste Your Sports is a powerful antidote in a world that is dominated by proud athletes who drink from the polluted stream of self-glorification.  It should be required reading for Christian coaches and athletes.  It is a book that parents should read with their children.  Perhaps the next generation of athletes will stand together with men like Tim Tebow and do all things to the glory of God.

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