More important to me than that though is teaching them to love and serve the poor, sick and needy. If I have to choose between the two, I know which I will do.
I am disturbed by the comments I hear from some people about how important it is to get your kids into little league and what a bad parent I would be to not sign them up for every sport in the book.
Here’s my response to those people:
- You think that I am depriving my children by not signing them up for every sport I can find
- I know I’m teaching them valuable lessons by letting them go out and minister to the homeless with me
- You think that children need to be part of a sports team to learn teamwork
- My children learn teamwork by working together to make and distribute lunches to the homeless
- You say that you want your child to enjoy the thrill of hitting a home run
- I want my children to experience the thrill of leading one of our homeless friends to Christ
- You don’t want your children to miss out on part of the American experience
- I don’t want my children to forget what’s REALLY important
- You spend hours cheering your children on from the bleachers
- I hold my children’s hands as we walk across the tracks to reach tent city
- You spend all kinds of money on league fees and uniforms
- I teach my children to give even out of the little that we have
- You hope that sports will help your children develop an aggressive ‘go-getter’ attitude
- I hope that my children will learn to love the unlovable and care for the rejected
- Your children will have memories that will last for a lifetime
- My children will have memories that will last for all eternity
As I said, if I can, I’ll let my kids get involved in all kinds of sports… but if I have to choose, then there’s just no contest!