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Matt Chandler says the primary responsibility he feels as a parent is that of disciple-maker. Too many parents, he feels, “sacrifice” their kids on the altar of athletics.
Chandler and his wife, Lauren, have three children—two girls and a boy. Chandler’s son “loves the game of football.” Chandler shares that his son feels a strong pull toward the competition and the temptation is there to allow the sport to define him. Getting personal, Chandler says he feels the pull himself. “I want him to do well; I want him to be successful” but he doesn’t want athletics to become what defines his son.
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That isn’t to say Chandler is disappointed his son is involved in sports. “Sports can be this amazing tool that teaches discipline, hard work, that sometimes the world’s broken and you lose…” Chandler says. However, the trouble comes when these sports take precedence over the child’s spiritual development. Sports should be used as the tool it is, and not as the final goal.
It’s also just not practical, Chandler implies, to drive your child excessively toward athletics. Chandler states that while there are around 74 million high school athletes, the number “drops significantly at the college level and then nearly vanishes at the pro level.” There are far greater things...
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