September in Alabama means two things: 1) Roll Tide & 2) War Eagle (not necessarily in that order – calm down Auburn faithful). Literally millions of players, coaches, fans, and broadcasters from little league all the way up to the pros will be glued to the gridiron for the next few months. We love our football here in the U.S., especially in the state of Alabama. People here are so attached to their teams they cannot emotionally deal with life if their team does not emerge victorious on Saturday. If the Tide ain’t rollin’, neither are the fans.
Now when a team does manage to win a game, you can expect to see nothing but pure joy on the faces of the fans. When Auburn wins a game (presumably on some last second miracle play), you know you’re going to see some smiles on Sunday morning. It’s no secret that we are passionate about our college football.
Feeling a bit of passion for our hobbies (whether it be football or anything else) is a good thing. However, it can become dangerous when we start to feel more passionately about our hobbies than we do about Christ. It’s not hard to see why.
We spend so much time, money and effort chasing our hobbies that we don’t have much left for Christ and His people.
We spend so much time on our hobbies that we start to resent every time that we have to attend another church event.
We spend so much money on our hobbies that we start to hold onto our cash a little more tightly when the collection plate goes by.
We spend so much effort on our hobbies that we don’t have any energy left to get involved with GOD’s people.
Being passionate about a hobby is fine! Just take care that your hobby remains a hobby. Take care that your hobby does not become an idol.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)