The madness of March

March Madness

I am a basketball fan and in particular a college basketball fan. As a fan, I love it when March rolls around because the Big Dance, the season ending national tournament that ultimately crowns the national champion, is played.

There is a gluttony of games that are played on the first weekend of the tournament from Thursday through Sunday. There are so many games scheduled that multiple games are played on multiple television stations at the same time.

Because I am a dedicated fan of the game, I watched way too much basketball this past weekend. I put the remote through its paces turning back and forth from game to game. Sadly, I am currently suffering from basketball fatigue and withdrawal at the same time. Thankfully, there is also a lesser national collegiate basketball tournament called the NIT (National Invitational Tournament) broadcast on Monday through Wednesday that I can watch which helps with the withdrawals. (As I type this, I am beginning to wonder if I have a sickness.)

I am afraid to calculate the number of hours I spent watching basketball during the past weekend. What makes it worse is the fact that when I compared the amount of time I watched basketball to the amount of time I spent on spiritual activities such as Bible study,  prayer, and serving others, I was embarrassed to say the least. The balance of time was not even close. Basketball won out this past weekend.

Why do I say this? I say this because balance is important in life as are our priorities. If we as Christians truly believe that God should be our first priority in life, then we need to make sure our actions reflect that priority. While watching basketball was indeed fun for me this past weekend, I need to remember that God deserves more attention than I gave Him. May my shortcoming cause us all to reflect upon the attention God deserves in our relationship with Him. Let’s be sure to examine our relationship with Him and give Him the focus He deserves. Remember, a home in heaven is far more important than who wins the national championship.