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This Is All There Is?
Theme of the week: Sports: Make It a Thinking Man's Game
Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: We work to feed our appetites; meanwhile our souls go hungry. (Ecclesiastes 6:7, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Ecclesiastes 6

One of the few interesting statements uttered by [Patriot's quarterback Tom] Brady came after Super Bowl number three, when he was interviewed on 60 Minutes. The interviewer asked Brady what he felt after winning pro football's ultimate prize, no doubt expecting him to say something along the elation-at-being-the-best or culmination-of-hard-work lines.

Instead, Brady said something along the lines of "Is this all there is?" It was classic Book-of-Ecclesiastes stuff. He gave voice to something that usually only comes out in private—the fact that accomplishments/riches/fame/glory often leave their recipient lacking. I'm not happy that Brady is less than happy; I'm just proud of him for voicing it so honestly.

Ecclesiastes is the first book of the Bible I can ever remember truly being moved by, simply because it makes absolute sense to me. I can absolutely relate to what the Teacher was experiencing and writing about, even though I haven't experienced a fraction of the success, fame, fortune, sex, and pleasure he writes about. But I've experienced enough to know that it doesn't satisfy or fill the void in the way that God can.

—Ted Kluck in The Reason for Sports

My Response: How have I sought fulfillment in that which can only bring disappointment and heartache?

Thought to Apply: People want riches; they need fulfillment.—Robert Conklin (teacher, writer, speaker)

Adapted from The Reason for Sports (Moody, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, help me to watch sports—and all that entertains me—with my mind fully engaged; and even as I enjoy what I watch, help me to be discerning and apply Christian principles to all of my entertainment choices.

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Curt Schleicher

July 10, 2014  9:27am

i have sought fulfillment through the achievements of baseball and football figures. As they are competitive so is my heart vicariously filled with joy or sorrow. i know full well that this yearning for success is only filled through the Holy Spirit. And then only when i allow him access to my life. As this week's prayer states it so simply, "help me to watch sports and all that entertains me with my mind fully engaged; help me to be discerning and apply Christian principles to ALL my entertainment choices….Amen!

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