Today’s Pondering~Almost Like Being There


sports

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Romans 8:35 New International Version (NIV)

From some of the posts I see on social media, it looks like this quarantine is already starting to take its toll on some of the more avid sports fans out there.  Might I suggest that instead of mourning the temporary loss of your favorite live sporting events, you do something a little unorthodox in this time of deprivation?  Even though this has been declared a National Day of Prayer, I’m not going to suggest here that the answer to this dilemma is to pray more.  Prayer is the answer in all situations, so I’m hoping you’re already doing that.

I am actually going to suggest that you go over to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or whatever other video programming outlet you have access to and prepare for a binge on some of the excellent sports movies that are out there.  Even if you’ve seen them before, they really never get old.  I’m generally not a live sports enthusiast, but I’ve noticed that I seem to really enjoy watching movies about sports and have, in fact, seen almost every one that was ever made.  Some of my all-time favorite sports movies are:

  1. Moneyball-Brad Pitt, Baseball.
  2. Rudy-Sean Aston, Football
  3. A League of Their Own-Tom Hanks/Geena Davis, Baseball
  4. Above the Rim-Leon/Tupac, Basketball
  5. Million Dollar Baby-Hillary Swank, Boxing
  6. White Men Can’t Jump-Woody Harrelson/Wesley Snipes, Basketball
  7. The Blindside-Sandra Bullock, Football
  8. 42-Chadwick Boseman, Baseball
  9. Creed-Michael B. Jordan, Boxing
  10. We are Marshall-Matthew McConaughey, Football
  11. Blue Chips-Nick Nolte, Basketball
  12. Bull Durham-Kevin Costner, Baseball
  13. The Mighty Macs-Carla Gugino, Basketball
  14. Happy Gilmore-Adam Sandler, Golf
  15. Field of Dreams-Kevin Costner, Baseball
  16. Rocky-Sylvester Stallone, Boxing
  17. Concussion-Will Smith, Football
  18. Jerry Maguire-Tom Cruise, General Sports
  19. Hoosiers-Gene Hackman, Basketball
  20. Cinderella Man-Russell Crowe, Boxing

These are just a few of the great sports movies out there and there are several more on my own personal watch list for this next few weeks.

As someone who was never actually able to be “in the game” due to physical limitations, lack of coordination and athletic ability, etc., these movies have proven to be big motivators when I have been facing challenges.  I encourage you to watch a few of them while you’re waiting for your regular programming to resume.

Today, I’m praying for all those who are directly and indirectly impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Praying for strength for those who work in the healthcare field and for those who are separated from loved ones during this time due to the limitations placed on visitation because of quarantine.  Please take this time to make good use of technology and connect with those who are able to connect.  We live in a time when we are miraculously able to bridge these distances, so let’s make it a point to employ those strategies for maintaining closeness wherever possible.  Just as the sports movies make us feel like we’re part of the game, FaceTime, Skype, and other means of virtual communication can help us to feel like we’re right there with those we love.  And if that’s too difficult, there’s always the telephone.  There’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned phone call.

May God bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe until this all blows over.  Until then, grab some popcorn and settle in knowing that God is in control.