Today is a new month. On the first of each new month, we have a whole month ahead of us. Perhaps you use the first as a day of "new beginnings."
We are going to do something a little different today for our devotion. You get to pick your own Bible verse. I would make two suggestions for this assignment. Reread your favorite Old Testament verse, or just open your Bible and see where it leads you. Sometimes we need to be open to learn new things or see things in a different way. Today's reflection reminds us of that.
I took a class in college titled, "Religion and Sport." My professor had done vast research on the subject, showing how for some people, sport is a religion. He took the characteristics of religion and showed how sport fit into those ideals.
Some may think that his hypothesis is not even worth discussing. How could sport be a religion? But I think he had sufficient evidence to prove his argument. For some people, their sports rituals, observances, and practices do mirror what many religions do across the world.
Whether you agree or not, I think we could argue that it is good to be open about other's beliefs. So often we assume what we believe is "the right thing" and do not look openly at how others may view something. Keeping an open mind when listening to the position of others give us the opportunity to learn more about something we know little about. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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