Junior high, high school and college sports
Recently, I read of a high school student being killed in an automobile wreck at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. How could such a thing ever happen? Stop and think about it and it seems almost impossible.
What is any student, of any grade or age, doing at that hour of the night in an automobile on any road in any place? We all know that could lead to serious trouble or death.
High School athletes have strong bodies and good minds. It takes both to do well in sports. They might be good enough to receive a scholarship for their major sport.
The college player, if good enough could receive scholarships or grants for most of his sports and academic career. In addition, possibly a shot at a professional career.
The point is, at any level of sports, the rewards can be significant while in school and in the years that follow. Why would anybody at any level throw all of that away for drugs, alcoholic beverages, loose living, running with the wrong crowd and driving as though they were on the big 500 oval track at Indianapolis. I have walked on that track, but that does not qualify me to drive safely at 100 miles per hour on interstate highways. Speed kills.
When I read of high school and college athletes getting in trouble because of illicit behavior of any kind, I usually wonder, “Why are they throwing away so much for so little?” They obliterate any possibility of enjoyment and future success.
Too many die like the Old Testament character, Abner, the captain in King David’s army. He was needlessly killed. He had little time for any high ideals and lofty and worthwhile goals. Morality and religion, so he thought, were not necessary or needed in his life. He was a proud and unprincipled man who was determined to reap all he had sown and reap he did.
When Abner was slain in battle, King David “wept at the grave of Abner; and all the people wept. And the king lamented over Abner, and said, ‘Died Abner as a fool dies?’ ” (2 Samuel 3:32-33). What a terrible way to needlessly die. To die as a fool.
The party out of control. Too much alcohol, drugs of craziness, vulgarity, obscenity, sinful and devastating sex out of passion and not with a person to whom one is legally married. Promiscuous sexual intercourse is not free. It is terribly expensive and you will be paying the price on it for the rest of your life.
Late at night, after booze, drugs and feeling high is no time to drive. It leads to death. Most young people of high school and college age have no idea of the power of an automobile or truck. To many, it is just another toy children have to play with.
The dreams of a career in athletics are wiped out in an instant. Too many high school and college parties are not for an enjoyable evening. It becomes a night of death and crippling injuries.
Every young person should commit to memory these words, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
Danger and death seem to be just around the corner for so many of us. Be careful. Stay alert. Do what is right. Do not die as a fool. Live your life in the will of God to the best of your ability. Share this with your children and their friends. Be assured of my prayers and those of others for all the youth of our land.
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