Intramural sports are a time when those of us who never get a chance to compete have an opportunity to let out some of that competitive energy that builds up after hours of studying. Unfortunately it can be humbling to realize that the lack of exercise has overwhelmingly taken control of your mobility. But that is alright because usually your opponents are just as out of shape as you are, so you don’t feel that bad about being completely out of breath after a few minutes of game play.
There is nothing like bonding through the agony of defeat and the sweetness of victory with the guys you live with. For how little you actually receive for winning an intramural title, the bragging rights seem to be worth more than gold. A championship t-shirt (rewarded to each member of the floor) is essentially meaningless but is worn with great pride.
I have yet to win a championship but am hungry to some day be able to put on that shirt with the words Ormston 1 (which is the name of my floor) across the front. We play many different sports throughout the year but some of the best ones are flag football, floor hockey, soccer, basketball and volleyball. Soccer is great because the Soccer program and the University is kind enough to let us play on the new turf game field under the lights. Yeah its Official!
Along with Intramurals, I am apart of a club basketball team, which is basically another opportunity on campus for those who enjoy competing to get some “energy” out. That happens twice a week on and off through the year in the Fieldhouse and the commitment as well as talent level varies from team to team. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly talents fade in life, whether it is athletic conditioning or Calculus concepts or learning a foreign language. It does not matter what it is, if you do not use it on a regular basis then it disappears faster than a startled buck during hunting season. I put so much time into my basketball game in high school, hours upon hours working on my shooting form. But now, I can still go out and play pick up ball and feel as though I have never touched a basketball before!
Everything Will Soon Fade Away
Yeah, I guess that could mean I am just not that good but it also teaches the valuable lesson that everything in life will soon fade away. Matthew 6:20 says to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal. Knowing this truth, I am constantly challenged to spend my time doing things that are worthwhile in life. God is not saying to never play intramural sports, work out or spend time learning a foreign language but at the same time we need spend consistent time in things that matter for eternity, which means spending time in our relationship with HIM!