Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Good Advice - Don't Throw Your Stick Over the Boards

I went to a MN Wild game this season with a friend from my hockey playing days at Bethel University.  We had a great time reminiscing on our time at Bethel and catching up with each other's lives.  During the course of our conversation we were laughing at my senior season when I got one of the stupidest penalties a player can get, twice!  The penalty is a ten minute misconduct penalty for throwing my stick over the boards.  I'll never know what possessed me to do it, and I'll surely never have any idea why I did it again a few games later.

As we laughed about my idiocy I thought of the Scripture in James which says,
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:17 ESV)
So often in life, as in hockey, I know what the right thing to do is and for some absurd reason I don't do it.  I know what my attitude should be, I know how important service is, I know it is my fault when I blame another, and on and on the list could go.  So much of the sin in my life is because I ignore what I know to be true and I simply do what I feel like doing.  

The Apostle Paul talked about being controlled by the sinful nature.  That is the part of us that fights against submission to God.  Our sinful nature is the part of us that wants to be its own God, to make its own rules, to live life its own way.  Life lived out under the direction of the sinful nature is a disaster on display all around us in the world.

Moving forward I'm going to do my best to keep my stick within confines of the rink and to play according to the rules.  It is no fun to sit in the penalty box experiencing the consequences of failing to do what I know if right.  I want to be on the playing field of life having a blast and enjoying everything that God has for me to experience.
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