OK, so when it comes to football, I’m just like thousands, perhaps millions, of men in this nation. For as long as I can remember, on any given Monday night when Hank Williams Jr. asks the question, “Are you ready for some football?” I readily raise my hand and shout an exhilarated “Yes!” Football on a Monday night is a great idea because, let’s be honest, there are few other legitimate reasons to enjoy this particular day of the week.
Monday is the worst position on my calendar. It’s the day I must leave home and return to work, and – proximally speaking – it is the day furthest away from the next weekend. I doubt that the acronym TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday) will ever catch on, because we are rarely feeling thankful as we roll out of bed on Monday. This is what makes Monday Night Football so great! It makes Mondays bearable.
When I became a husband and father, I found a whole new use for Monday Night Football. It is great way to spend time with my wife and children. Now, when many of us guys think of football, we think of time with the fellas. But let us not miss the rich opportunity for time with our own families.
Early on in my marriage, I realized that my wife, Tearrah, had a mild interest in football. It was nominal, but it was an interest. I found that her interest grew with her understanding of the game and my willingness to sit with her and explain it. Over time, she began to catch on and even began to update me on various league goings-on during the season. When God blessed us with our first child, Savannah, we began watching football as a family simply because it was an easy way to spend time together.
Nowadays, the entire family looks forward to Monday evenings together watching football. In a society that moves at such a fast pace, and with so many demands upon our time, we must be strategic in finding areas of common interest.
A few years into our marriage while watching football together, I asked Tearrah, “Are you enjoying the game?” Her response was, “I always enjoy my time with you!”
Brothers, commit to finding ways to spend time with your family. Who knows, you may discover that they are ready for some football!
Question: What are areas of enjoyment that you, your wife or children have that you can build on?
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