If there is something that we men get a bad rap for, it's our toys and our hobbies. Darrel has football and his big red F-150. Sean takes great pride in basketball. Eli is a musician and a sharpshooter. For me, my personal hobbies are soccer, a growing interest in paintball, and a growing interest in cars. Behind each one of these interests are entire cultures made up of people who are finding their purpose in these hobbies. I know guys who are brand loyal and swear by Fords and Chevys. I know guys who can give an opinion on almost every NFL player currently in the league. I know an old Romanian soccer coach who hasn't seen a movie in twenty years because he says, "the only thing worth watching on TV is soccer."
Hobbies are awesome and fun, and I take a lot of pride in my hobbies. However, at the end of the day, I have to remind myself that Subaru rally cars, Barcelona Futbol, and my pump action paintball marker are not coming with me to Heaven. I have to remind myself that these hobbies are temporary and have no eternal value in and of themselves. In fact, the only eternal value in these hobbies are the people that pour their time and energy into them. So what do I do? Do I scrap my hobby because at the end of the day, it's a waste of time?
I take a lot of comfort in the passages of 1 Corinthians 10. Paul is writing the Corinthians and addressing their want to take part in pagan festivals and feasts. The attitude of the Corinthians was that it didn't matter if they were at a feastival or party meant for an idol, the stomach was meant for food and the food tasted good! Paul's final words could have been to no longer hold festivals or parties but instead Paul writes "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
That is what I remember when I walk onto the soccer field or the paintball field. Hobbies actually can be an important means to share the Gospel, invite someone to church, or simply show the love of Christ. There are thousands of people out there who share your hobby and meet at restaurants, basketball courts, concerts, and race tracks. Those people need to hear the good news of Christ and you have a unique opportunity to impact their lives because you share a common interest with them. I urge you guys to use your hobby as a tool to witness, because, ultimately, all that matters is what is eternal.