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:
- Moneyball-Brad Pitt, Baseball.
- Rudy-Sean Aston, Football
- A League of Their Own-Tom Hanks/Geena Davis, Baseball
- Above the Rim-Leon/Tupac, Basketball
- Million Dollar Baby-Hillary Swank, Boxing
- White Men Can’t Jump-Woody Harrelson/Wesley Snipes, Basketball
- The Blindside-Sandra Bullock, Football
- 42-Chadwick Boseman, Baseball
- Creed-Michael B. Jordan, Boxing
- We are Marshall-Matthew McConaughey, Football
- Blue Chips-Nick Nolte, Basketball
- Bull Durham-Kevin Costner, Baseball
- The Mighty Macs-Carla Gugino, Basketball
- Happy Gilmore-Adam Sandler, Golf
- Field of Dreams-Kevin Costner, Baseball
- Rocky-Sylvester Stallone, Boxing
- Concussion-Will Smith, Football
- Jerry Maguire-Tom Cruise, General Sports
- Hoosiers-Gene Hackman, Basketball
- 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.
My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.
If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com and http://www.ronashively.wordpress.com and http://www.highergroundforlife.wordpress.com and http://www.leadingthefollower.wordpress.com. And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com.