30/30: Lawn Jarts. Competition. MCD.

10 04 2008

When we were kids, my brother and I invented tons of games…full contact knee football in the family room, bowling with a golf ball and Dixie cups in hall, baseball with a Nerf and a tennis racket in the front yard. One of our best involved our “Heroes in Action” Army Guys and the most dangerous toy of all time…Lawn Jarts (yes, a few kids were killed from them and they were banned in the US in 1988, but to us, they were AWESOME!). We would divide the guys and set them up on opposite ends of the backyard and then chuck those dangerous projectiles at each others guys. Once my brother had a direct hit right through the helicopter. Freak’n Awesome!

As kids, Mike and I didn’t play together…we competed. Why are we so competitive? When God created men in His image, He hardwired into our soul the stamp of competition. Competition is a good thing, because it’s a God thing. The God we serve is a competitive God. In Exodus 20:3, God says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” He is competitive for our thoughts, our feelings, our activities, our relationships and our worship. He wants to be number on in our life. We are competitive guys, but could it be that we are competitive in the wrong areas? A lot of men struggle with a disorder called MCD, Misplaced Competitive Disorder. Most guys take this competitive fire and get competitive in two areas: recreation and occupation. We get all into sports radio, ESPN and what’s happening in the game. We pour everything we have into getting ahead in our careers. Here’s the deal, guys….the Bible says we should work hard at our occupation, play hard in our recreation, but there is a bigger game going on in town.

1. Spiritually. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 There’s a competition for your soul. The evil one wants to take you out. When you realize that there is a bigger battle going on, it changes the way you do life. Prayer is not a duty, but it’s critical for me to talk to Christ every day to fight the battle against materialism, the battle against the flesh and battle of living a life of integrity.

2. Relationally. Sadly, for many of us guys, once the “I Do’s” are said, we stop competing for the heart of our wife. But Paul says, “Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church” (Ephesians 5:25). When you compete, you don’t hold back. You leave it all on the field. We have got to compete for her love. We have got to compete for date nights. Every day of our marriage, we have got to compete for the heart of our wife.

Man Challenge #3: Lose the MCD, Get in God’s Game and Compete for the Heart of Your Wife

Man Challenge #4: Commit to Pursuing Vital Christian Relationships with Other Men.

This Sunday, It’s Time for the Ladies….Feel Like a Woman

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