Yesterday was the ICG 2018 when all the different schools came together for a time of sports and games.
Sports/Games, or generally a task to be accomplished, brings out certain characteristics in people, especially when we begin to forget the main purpose of the game/task.
If this was meant to be competitive, then I guess it’s okay to be competitive, while keeping sportsmanship. But yesterday, I came across one or two occurrences when sportsmanship, graciousness was thrown out of the window, all the more considering that the main purpose of the ICG was to have fun, interact and fellowship.
So, i saw some not very nice behaviours – shouting/scolding own team mates in front of others, after crashing into own team mate, player didn’t bother to stop to check on the injured person but continue with the game, only to realise that everyone else were more concerned about the injured person, etc.
So what’s my take home? That is to not lose sight of the goal, to not lose sight of the end as we go along the journey. And the goal, in the case of ICG, is not to win the games, but to win friendships, to interact and know one another. And so, if we lose sight of that purpose, we will lose our way along the journey.
Perhaps ministry is as such – don’t let our own personal agendas, if we should have any, to cause us to lose sight of the main point of “why we are doing what we are doing” and “for whom we are doing what we are doing”.
Challenges come, but our eyes must be fixed on Christ.