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Why Do We Make Kids Do Weekend Sports?

Thousands of kids play sport every weekend. Why? To become pros? No! That’ll make you a toxic parent on the sideline.

By Sam ChanFriday 23 Sep 2022ParentingReading Time: 2 minutes

Thousands of kids play sport every weekend. But why?

Is it to win? To become pros?

No! They’re the wrong reasons that’ll make you a toxic parent on the sideline.

So why make our kids play sport?

It’s because we believe that sports is good.

Whether you win or lose. Whether you’re hopeless or not. Sports is good.

But how can sports simply be good?

Because we worship a good God who gives us good gifts to enjoy.

If life was only about survival of the fittest, then sports should also only be about winning.

But life isn’t only about winning. Life is about worship.

And we worship—not sport—but the good God who gives us good gifts to enjoy.

And one of those gifts is sport.

So enjoy your sports this weekend. And worship the God who gives us good gifts to enjoy.

But please whatever you do, don’t ever go for Collingwood.


God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
Psalm 104:24-26


About the Author: Sam is a theologian, preacher, author, evangelist, ethicist, cultural analyst and medical doctor.

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