for love of the game
July 12, 2018

Staying Focused

By: Tony Mitchell [Wappingers Falls, NY]

My parents taught me a deep love for the game of bowling.

I started bowling when I was in high school; and during college and graduate school, I continued to bowl in national tournaments. One of the reasons I love bowling is its history.


Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.
Philippians 4:9 (NIV)

Bowlers are sometimes called “keglers,” a term that comes from the German word kegeln, meaning “to bowl.” In medieval Germany, bowling served as a test of faith, a way to determine the presence or absence of sin. Some churches may have erected a bowling lane in their sanctuary. Worshippers would roll a ball down the center aisle toward the pins. A strike indicated the worshipper was leading a good life. Pins left standing signaled that the worshipper needed to focus more intently on God.

To be good at something, we have to practice. When we love the game or whatever we are doing, we find ways to get better at it. If we love God, we don’t need a weekly bowling session to know that we have to practice to keep our hearts and lives focused on the One who loves us and teaches us to love.


PUT IT INTO PRACTICE: What practices could help you stay focused on God this week? In what ways can you practice loving others as you have been loved?


Put It Into Practice

What practices could help you stay focused on God this week? In what ways can you practice loving others as you have been loved?

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