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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Monday, May 21, 2018

“They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.” — Psalm 106:36-37

Current Arizona State head football coach Herm Edwards scored one of the most bizarre and incredible plays in the history of the NFL in 1978, when he returned a fumble from Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik for the score.

But many modern-day fans know Herm Edwards for something else.

It was 2002 and he was the head coach of the New York Jets. Following a Jets loss, Edwards faced questioning from the media about why the team lost, and he provided one of the great sound bytes in football history. 

“You play to win the game. HELLO? YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!”

What Herm said was very true on some level. Sadly, I see many families and parents win the wrong game. Church attendance unfortunately is often down during summer months and many times, it is because of Sunday sports’ leagues for children.

Parents seeing their children’s success being based on how busy the calendar is.

Let’s call it, “the soccer mom/AAU dad” phenomenon.

When it’s all said and done, how we live out the Great Commission and invest our time with our most important treasures, will tell the story of our lives.

Win a game for eternity or win for the temporal? The choice is yours.

Jeff Pinkleton

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