Twitter or not to Twitter

Posted: August 5, 2011 by John D. Hayden in College Football

Well my 10 year old son had his first tackle football practice tonight and is playing the position of linebacker as of right now. He really wanted to be on the offensive side of the ball as the Quarterback or Wide Receiver, but I told him tonight that being a linebacker means you are the play maker for the defensive team and the defensive team captain. I also told him to focus on what his coach tells him to do and focus on helping the team play their best and get rid of his stinking thinking.

This week around the nation, not only did pee wee football start up so did College Football. With the college players returning and new players joining the teams comes rules and regulations. One of the rules implemented by Coach Turner Gill was that all players were no longer to be allowed to use Twitter. Not only has Coach Gill ban twitter usage for his players but so has Steve Spurrier, Chris Peterson and Randy Shannon implement the same policy. So we ask ourselves why should the players stop tweeting and even cut it out altogether. Coach Gill said the staff talked about it and “decided to not let the student athletes not to have a twitter account because they feel it will prevent us being in preparation for our football team to move forward.” Coach Gill also believes it will hurt their focus on the direction they want to move this team too. Some writers think that the players should tweet because of the publicity of two players tweets has really helped the KU program.

What makes social networks so great is also a coaches worst nightmare. Student Athletes can speak their mind, break news, and even commit an NCAA violation without thinking before they tweet. The access to athletes has increased so much because of these social networks and the insight is often fun for the fans. I really think being banned from twitter is a way to keep the Jayhawks, Gamecocks, Hurricanes and others focus on the game they are about to play.

As Christians there are things in our lives that we need to get rid of so that we can focus on our spiritual walk. Paul tells the young preacher Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3-6, “Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.” Paul tells Timothy to be committed to Christ like a solider and keep his focus on what his commanding officer told him to do and not to get caught up in other pursuits. Paul also says that he needs to be discipline like an athlete, who only gets the win if he follows the rules of the contest. There are things in our live that distract us from being the people God wants us to be. Paul writes to the Ephesus church and tell them to get rid of falsehood, be angry and do not sin, let no corrupting talk come out of our mouths, and get rid of all bitterness, wrath, anger, slander, and malice in our hearts.

Paul goes on in Ephesians 5:1-2 and writes, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous ( that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.

Even the author of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 12, to lay aside the weight that hold us down and get rid of the sin that easily entangles us and run with endurance keeping our eyes on the finish line. Twitter or not to Twitter will be in the mind of every College coach this week. Coach Gill made the right call to have his players get rid of the distractions in their life so they can focus on being the team they need to be in 2011. We need to get rid of the things in our lives that isn’t preparing us to move forward and that holds us down.

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