Week One

At the core of the CPC Eagles boy’s basketball program is the battle cry: “FOR HIM!” This declaration is at the center of all that we do and who we are as a team. It reminds us: life is bigger than basketball, and helps us keep the game in a healthy perspective. This creed stands in stark contrast to the popular motto: “Ball is life.” This motto places basketball at the center of life and importance. When Jesus was asked to identify the most important commandment, He responded: ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and all your strength.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matt.22:37-39). This is “FOR HIM!” in a nutshell. Was Jesus limiting “loving God” to a church service or a prayer meeting? Definitely not. He was declaring that whether we are on the basketball court or in the classroom, we have the privilege of loving and honoring God. He was declaring that nothing should be made to be more important than our relationship with God. Rather than being led to believe that we exist to play basketball, we are able to help our sons realize that they were placed on this planet to bring glory to God in all that they do and all they are. Playing basketball is a great opportunity to practice loving God and loving people, especially our opponent. Whether your son is just starting out in the program, or getting ready to suit up for varsity, let’s be reminded why we play the game: “FOR HIM!” Go, Eagles!

Key Takeaways:

  • “FOR HIM!” reminds us that life is bigger than basketball.

  • We don’t exist for basketball. Basketball exists to give us the opportunity to bring glory to God.