Children and Sports – Keeping Score

I believe the current trend of not keeping score at children’s sporting events is doing more harm than good.  Playing team sports teaches children valuable life lessons and keeping score plays a major role in teaching these lessons.

  • Keeping score teaches children the benefits of hard work.  If everyone receives the same reward, no matter how hard they try, it takes away any incentive to put forth their best effort.
  • Failure is a fact of life and children need to learn how to lose.  It’s much easier to learn the basics of overcoming defeat as a child on the playing field than as an adult in the work force.
  • Children also need to learn how to win.  Personality goes a long way in the world.  If you are an obnoxious brat, employers will not want to keep you around.  You must learn to be a gracious winner.

 

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Why Play Video Games

According to the American Psychological Association (Feb 2014, Vol 45, No 2, Pg 10), playing video games can be good for you.

Video games help people:
• Improve cognitive skills, such as reasoning and memory
• Improve problem solving skills
• Improve their mood

Therefore, when I spend a day playing video games, I am not wasting time.  Actually, I am enhancing my cognitive abilities, improving my emotional well-being, and saving the world from killer zombies.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

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Benefits of Art – Quotes

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Civilizations are not remembered by their business people, their bankers or lawyers.  They’re remembered by their art.  (Eli Broad)

The arts and humanities are vastly more important in troubled times.  (Jim Leach)

There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence.  (Julie Taymor)

Forgiveness Brings Healing

In Matthew 18:15-35, Jesus teaches his followers about forgiveness.  When I was reading this passage I thought of Dylan Roof.

The family members of those murdered by Dylan Roof, spoke of their hurt and the pain he caused by taking away their loved ones.  However, they also offered forgiveness.

This is a great example of how forgiveness works in the real world.  Dylan Roof was forgiven, but he will still pay for his crimes.  He still owes a debt to society and will be punished.

Dylan Roof may never feel remorse for his actions, but the willingness to forgive still benefits the family members.  It allows them to let go of the hate and anger they feel inside of them.  The family members are free to heal, because of their willingness to forgive.

Forgiveness can be difficult, but it can also bring healing.