The Detroit Red Wings are the greatest team in sports. Whew, I’m glad we got that out of the way! Why? Because hockey is on my brain today (as it is most days) and since the NHL playoffs will be beginning soon, my wife can expect me to talk about nothing but hockey for the next few months. And that’s a VERY good thing for both of us.
Why? Because for me, hockey is my distraction. You know, it’s one of those guy things… those random guy interests that tend to take up an inordinate amount of our brains. For some guys it’s hunting, for others it’s golf. For others it’s baseball, or woodworking, or radio-controlled helicopters. And as random and uninteresting as those things might seem to our wives, guys need distractions – healthy distractions.
If you caught my last post, you know that guys can become mentally consumed with work. And as much as we love being husbands and dads, most guys will begin to look for mental distractions that are distinct from our responsibilities at home. Unfortunately, there’s an enormous world of folks out there that make their livings by distracting men with all sorts of unhealthy options – online, on television, and beyond. So I’ve found that most guys who are sincere about living out our faith will find a hobby or interest that gets our adrenaline pumping in healthier ways. I should note that I have met selfish guys who invest so much of their time and dollars in their own interests that it’s a detriment to their families. However, I know many more that have invested themselves in interests that are pretty good alternatives to the many traps that the world offers.
So the next time he starts quoting baseball stats or is looking online at a new hunting tree stand, try and learn a little more about his hobby. Show an interest in his interests, and be thankful that his eyes are fixated on those things that are honorable (Phil 4:8). And if you happen to see your husband in front of the TV praying that the Wings stay healthy during the playoffs, for goodness sakes, bow your head and start praying with him!