By October 5, 2012 Max Out Blog

My son has entered into a new world.  As an excitable 6 year old he is competing in his first season of flag football.  The league he plays in does a really nice job of teaching fundamentals and skills necessary to progress in football.  I am amazed how he is learning to run routes, play defense, and execute plays.  Through this first year of learning the game there is also another very interesting factor.

Due to wanting to maintain focus on the fundamentals and having a desire to keep it fun for everyone the league chooses not to keep score for his age level.  This strategy in taking the scoreboard out of play hasn’t always been the most effective thing and here are a few reasons why:

1.  Not keeping score is not an option.  I find it interesting that even without a scoreboard that every kid on the field knows the exact score at the end of the game.

2.  Last week’s pep talk at practice from the coach consisted of him telling the kids to come ready to play because this is the team that “Beat Us” in the first week.  (Interesting since there was no score)

3.  After “Losing” for a second time last week the kids and coaches were very dejected after the game was out of reach.

These factors were all realities because the world is constantly training coaches, athletes, and fans  that the definition for winning is purely what the score board reads at the end of the game.  As Christians the scoreboard should absolutely be involved in our strategy.  However, when playing for the Glory of God that isn’t our end goal.  We should compete in a manner that involves our utmost effort, attention to details, and great focus.  However if we do those things to the Glory of God we shouldn’t look to the scoreboard for wins and losses.  It’s a great balance for the Christian athlete.  It’s helpful when I remind myself the difference between strategy and goal.  The strategy is to execute the game plan and win the game.  My goal is to be conformed to the image of Christ in the midst of it all “Win or Lose.”

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