I have a confession to make.
I have wasted too many years of my life watching sports on TV. Seriously.
I came to this conclusion reading through my Hero On A Mission (HOAM) Life Planner 4-6 times a week for a couple months straight.
My HOAM Morning Routine
Most mornings I take 15-30 minutes to read my HOAM Life Plan.
It includes an obituary I hope will be true of me when my time is up. I’ve got vision statements. I’ve got prioritized goals.
Frequently reading this has made me painfully aware of goals and tasks that have gone undone.
When I ask myself, “Why?” It’s obvious. Way too much time watching sports on TV.
Especially NFL football.
I love football. I find it endlessly entertaining. The problem — the “endlessly” part.
I’ve known this for years. But until now, it hasn’t been soooo obvious to me.
It’s ok to watch football, basketball, golf (movies or YouTube videos, etc.) once in a while. I’m not “anti-” any of these.
I’m still going to continue to enjoy my NDSU Bison football team and my favorite NFL teams/players.
But I would have much rather spent most of the time in the past watching sports:
- Loving people well
- Loving God well
- Reading a great book
- Doing things that make our world a better place to live, work, and worship
- Helping others make our world a better place to live, work, and worship
It’s abundantly clear to me.
I would have accomplished so much more with my life to this point if I’d used even 25% of it to do other things with that time.
It breaks my heart to think of “what could have been” if I’d used 80-90% of that time differently.
Although coming to grips with this reality haunts me. I could beat myself up for it.
But I’d rather take that “internal discomfort” and use it as fuel for change; to start new habits.
Being a HOAM isn’t easy. But it’s much more satisfying.
The morning routine is a gift.
A gift of reality. A gift of truth.
A gift with the potential of more meaning in life.
I’m thankful for it.
And with God’s help, I accept it.