Real Sportual Truths

“…To tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Who should tell the truth, and why? And really, what IS the truth? Perhaps your truth is not my truth, but real truth, real integrity and real life has come to us in the midst of all the lies, the chatter, and the illusion from the efforts of children. In this time of celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., I am reminded that he once was quoted as saying “A lie cannot live.”

2013 is not yet three weeks old, and it has become so incredibly sportually rich! The recent inspirational video making the rounds on social media about Connor and Caden Long shines as one of the true, real sports moments of 2012. These young brothers race together – one able bodied, and one with cerebral palsy, and recently received the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportskids of the Year award. I can’t imagine anyone watching their story and not being emotionally moved:

Juxtapose the Long Brothers’ story with any one of the heartbreaking sport stories making headlines these days – Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o, and the MLB All-Star voting as the more obvious ones, and it begs the question, what is real? What can live? Is it money, power, illusions, rumors, or drugs? Or is it what has been written in Christian scripture as the fruits of the spirit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 then follows this up with, “Against such things there is no law.” That is, this is truth. Tempting as it may be to lie, to create illusions of safety, of excellence, of relationships, of strength, or of humility, in the end these illusions cannot live. They are creations of man, by man, and for man.

At some level, we deeply want the stories of national sports heroes to be true: we want to spend our own precious emotion on truth. We want to believe that Lance Armstrong is a pure cycling legend, and that Manti Te’o is a humble leader, and that Major League Baseball players Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds had drug-free record-breaking performances. We can try to hold on to that truth until lies are exposed, but ultimately, the real hero we have to answer to is the one staring back at us in the mirror. Truth begins within. Truth is a basic spiritual principle, and cannot be argued.
Connor and Caden Long stand tall among my sports heroes, and my hope is that I may someday live up to all they are.

Out of the mouths of these babes has come a great truth –Love one another. As Jimi Hendrix said, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Sportuality believes that the love, the joy, and the peace that is our birthright is accessible on a regular basis. We simply need to awaken to the possibilities. And that’s the truth.

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