I have pretty much made it a policy to avoid making this a place to add my thoughts to the current rant of social media…and I may regret breaking that but I hope and pray the thoughts I share would point us to Christ.
Even if you didn’t watch the Superbowl, chances are good you have read or heard comments and thoughts regarding the post-game interviews.
I didn’t really have a dog in the race, but was kind of pulling for Peyton Manning just because he has gone through a lot of surgery and rehab this year to finish the season and I admired that.
The hype predicted this will be his last season and highlighted his amazing career and it just seemed like a nice way for him to finish.
The Broncos played well. The Panthers didn’t. The score told the story.
And the media did what it does.
It tried to force the winning quarterback into making his retirement announcement surrounded by confetti and fireworks.
And it tried to force a kid who is only a year older than our son to “articulate what it feels like to”…basically know you and your team didn’t play as well as you had hoped and you lost the biggest game of the year and the 50th anniversary of it, to boot.
Then America sat back and judged who had class and who is a hothead…etc etc…
And all I can say is….according to their own admission, both of these men are my brothers in Christ.
I can also say that on various occasions in my journey, I have handled both success and failure with humility and grace…
and I have also handled success like I was doing a ridiculous victory dance in the end zone…
and I’ve handled failure with a hoodie pulled over my head and short answers right before I shut down and walked out…
And all of these scenarios have had been played out in front of a variety of audiences.
Sometimes with not one single person watching.
Sometimes in front of small audiences of family and/or friends
Sometimes in public arenas of the workplace, school settings, church
And sometimes out there in the wide open spaces of where life is lived with total strangers watching on.
But this I know…whether it’s just little old me, little known me….
or a highly paid professional athlete…
in God’s eyes…
it was just one of His kids…
and here is His Word on it….
It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion.
I don’t even rank myself.
Comparisons in these matters are pointless.
I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much.
The Master makes that judgment.
So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in.
When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers.
Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4-5 The Message
As Christians, it is not our place to judge another Christian on how well he or she did at a particular moment or in a given set of circumstances.
We don’t have to analyze the motives that led to the reaction.
Sure its nice when the attitude reflects what we know to be true of Christ…but we must always remember….
Only God knows what was going on down deep.
Whether our walk looks good or whether it needs some improvement…only God is allowed to pronounce judgment….
Which only serves to make me love Him with an even more grateful heart.
God bless you today.
Let’s continue to pray for our brothers and sisters…through failures and successes…that we would hold fast to Christ and allow Him to do what only He can do in each of us <3