Hockey – the Game of Life!

Just read an awesome post linking the Christian life to hockey ……and I really liked it!  Now I know nothing about hockey proper, but this analogy spoke to me….

Trying to look at my spiritual warfare battle, and race as a hockey game—Since I love hockey and my team is the PENS–as a Pittsburgh Penguins team (and to make it fit even better lets face the NJ “Devils”).  We are all going for the ultimate prize—the Stanley Cup.

Ok so we have the premise of the post right up front.  See who the opponent is? The Devils … sweet 🙂

As a rookie player (baby Christian/believer) you step out on the ice rink by yourself—boy is this slippery going as you find yourself falling on your face each time you try and take a step.

Who hasn’t felt like that – falling flat on your face each time you move?  Huh?  Show of hands?  Yes, exactly…..

Boy this ice skating is hard—so you decide that maybe it would be easier if you partook in some practice, training with some other team mates—maybe they can teach you better, support, and encourage you (kind of like discipling you and helping you grow)—things are better off with fellowship, fellow believers, team mates—as you do this you run into a few who are negative, pick on you, and give you all kinds of false advice, and lie about the rules of the game—this hurts you dearly, but you brush yourself off and regather yourself.

Kinda reminds me of the word that says

10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Eccl 4:10-12)

Much easier with a team, right? Rather than alone?

Time for the first game—-you put on your uniform—again, just the basics—as you watch others putting on helmets, jerseys, shin guards, etc.  Why are they putting all this on?—all you have to do is skate and hit the puck in the goal—that is easy.

Most new believers think that way, don’t they – “Piece of cake!”  and then they see those more mature ‘strapping up for war” and wondering … what’s up with that?

Your team does awesome and it is time for you to show your stuff—-you get out on the ice—people are yelling at you: offsides, tripping.  You find yourself in the other box—penalty??? (what is that) You are starting to doubt your life as a hockey player—you are getting into so much trouble and stuck in this darn box. The coach is certainly going to kick you off the team if you keep this crap up.

The first time a Christian goes out – and has no idea what he’s doing!  I for one have done my share of doubting….

I was tempted to comment more about the parts of the article that stood out to me, how the hockey uniform is contrasted to the armour of God … but I am not that nice! (well, I am, but I wanna push traffic to her site!)

So go over to her site and check it out!


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing Robert!

    I sense also that you are “dusting” (or should that be “defrosting”?) yourself off after a fall on the rink and that you are getting back into goal-scoring action! That’s great!

  2. Great Analogy!

    I’m a WWII buff, so most of my analogies come from wars.
    However, a sports analogy is probably better since more people can identify with playing a sport vs. being in a war.

    Blessings In Christ,

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