September 5, 2017 v4 p33
When I started writing this blog almost three years ago it was to share my opinion about the University of Michigan football program. I always wondered if that was the right platform for myself, and that answer became clear to me last week.
Over the years I’ve touched on a few different subjects. I’ve written a lot about sports. I’ve written about the death of both of my parents. I’ve written about parenting. I’ve written about my faith. I’ve written about fitness, and I’ve written about leadership. So it’s really been a wide range of topics. The subject matter that has received the biggest response is my faith. So that’s where I plan to continue to put my focus. A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about how I was rebuilding the four pillars of my life based on the most important one, my faith. Most likely I will continue to write about most of these topics, but just like rebuilding my life based on faith, most of my posts will be built around how they are tied to my faith.
When I do write about sports it will most likely be about college football. In my mid-twenties most of my personal life was centered on sports. College football has always been my favorite, followed by college basketball. I would watch the NFL too, but not with the interest I had in college football. Once March Madness was done I would begin to pay attention to the NHL, then the NBA, as that was the order those leagues would finish their season. After that I would kind of half-heartedly watch Major League Baseball. When the Tigers began to turn their team into a contender I started paying more attention earlier in the spring. As time has gone on I’ve just become less interested in sports other than college football. I pay just enough attention to the NFL to be able to know what’s going on with my fantasy football team. College basketball is still something I enjoy watching, but it’s been narrowed down to the last couple of months of the season, after football is over.
It’s hard to tie college and professional sports back to faith. You always see athletes praising God for their touchdown, or home run, which is good, but they should be praising them in their everyday lives, not just the contests that they compete in that allow them to make millions of dollars. It’s rare to see athletes take that praise into their personal lives. When they do, they are often ridiculed for it, for example Tim Tebow. He makes no attempt to hide his faith and always praised God for his talents, not just his results. Yet a lot of “fans” think he should keep that to himself and off the playing field. I would guess that there are more athletes and fans that support Colin Kaepernik and his protest of injustice than Tim Tebow and his show of faith. While Kaepernik is doing nothing illegal, it is certainly causing a problem in his career as he is currently being passed over for open positions in favor of less talented, retired players.
As I’ve grown in my career and my faith my life priorities have changed drastically. I’m now more interested in growing myself in my faith and my leadership. I began telling God I was ready to do His will last winter and things have really changed in my life. My career has taken a major uptick. My faith has begun to follow that same path. I continue to tell Him every day that I’m ready to do His will. I pray for knowledge to see the path He has chosen for me, the wisdom to choose that path, and the strength to complete the journey. It really has been a game changer for me, to borrow a sports cliché.
I’m going to continue to my weekly analysis of college football because I really do enjoy it. It’s hard to tie it to my faith though, other than the fact that Jim Harbaugh is Catholic.