Athletics and Sports in Your Family

I recently found these notes from a practical talk I gave a long time ago.


Colossians 3:17, 23And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him….and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;…

Colossians 1:16-18 …for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Ephesians 4:29-32Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.


  • Athlete – a contender for victory
  • Contender – combatant; champion
  • Champion – fights for someone; hero-warrior
  • Victory – advantage or superiority – spiritual, emotional, physical, etc.


  • Training of H.S. over mind, will, emotions (and body)
  • Develop Christian Character
    • patience, endurance, self-control, brotherly kindness, loyalty, humility, magnanimity, faith, courage, industry, diligence, perseverance
    • strive, struggle, effort, defend, fight, contend, oppose, resist


  • Athlete – submissive to the coach
    • Individual – does his best; believes in teammates
    • Team – criticizers reveal how they play themselves
  • Spectator
    • views, cheers, does not taunt
  • Coach
    • drives the individual/team to accomplish goals
  • Parent
    • not the coach
    • supports coach – always
  • Referee
    • attempts to control the contest according to established rules


  • Athlete
    • perform as Christ (he would have won) 🙂
    • perform for Christ
  • Coach
    • develop the athlete as a Christian
  • Parents
    • support the athlete
    • support the coach


  • When children are young, keep it fun
    • don’t push too hard
    • it is wrong tothink, “I’m going to make sure my kid will be the best”
    • it is unwise to have them over-practice (way above their abilities; 3 miles when 4 yrs. old)
    • don’t use sports activities (running) as punishments when kids are young
  • Guide children to be successful
    • don’t make it easy for them
    • guide them through what they have to do to succeed
  • Remember your role (parent)
  • Put them (you) in a position where you are not the coach