For those of you who do not know, Jordy Nelson is a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. And just to let you know, it takes a lot for me to write something good about the Packers but I could not pass up this opportunity. To all you Cheeseheads, please forgive my slant just then all in good humor of course, that also was an opportunity I could not pass up. Back to Jordy. So far this season his stats are rather impressive and if you drafted him for your fantasy team, I’m sure you dance quite often during a game because he is currently ranked as the number four WR in NFL fantasy. One thing I have noticed about Jordy Nelson is that he is a very intelligent and calm player. You don’t see him roughing anyone up out of anger or spiking the ball when he doesn’t agree with something. As in previous posts, good players like this make a difference in the NFL.
I was watching the Packers vs. Texans game and I was stunned by Jordy Nelson’s skill. With a skill set like his, Jordy could thrive on pretty much any team, but teaming him up with QB Aaron Rodgers was one smart move. They have an almost childlike relationship after a successful play is carried out. Now most teams smack the wide receiver’s helmet after a good catch or something of that nature but there is something different about the way Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers engage. There is a genuine bond there in Green Bay.
Upon noticing this bond the two players share I couldn’t help but think about that relationship we have with our Father in Heaven. As Aaron Rodgers knows how to get the ball to Nelson, God knows how to take care of us as well. “And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Matthew 6:30. So the play starts, Jordy doesn’t get the ball in that instance. Does he stomp his feet and shout, “Aaron, what are you doing?! Do you have any idea how to handle a football? Pass to me NOW!” No, he follows the play Rodgers told him about in the huddle. He runs the play in a text book manner and gets the ball at the appointed time. Jordy realizes that Aaron knows what to do and that he will make sure they score. He never gets caught up in himself and he certainly never tried to take on the QB position. Just like that God knows how to carry out His plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11). All too often we try to play god and we tell Him what to do. This is not our place. We catch the ball when we are supposed to and we run down the field without question. Every opportunity that we are supposed to get will come to us. Every pass that we are supposed to catch will be thrown to us undeniably. It’s time for us to stop pushing and start listening. God has His plan laid out, and your script is written, so don’t worry. He is in control and being on His team guaranteed victory. “What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Trash-talk. Where do I even begin?
Do you mind if I rant for a moment? Thanks.
When it comes to trash-talking on the field or court, it makes the speaker (or yeller) look ignorant. Basically by trying to put others down, you say that that your game isn’t good enough to play with a confident mind and a quite mouth. You see when KG beats his chest and slams his head into the base of the hoop before the game, you think, “Wow… he is literally crazy. Like he is seriously insane.” I think that this could be done by someone whose skill isn’t intimidating enough, so they must try to make themself more intimidating. In turn, doing this makes the person look weak. Trash-talk screams, “Hey! I’m insecure when it comes to how I play the game! So I’m going to yell nonsense to try to make you just fear me as a person!” Is this how you want to live your life? Do you want to lean back on intimidating talk to keep yourself propped up? You shouldn’t, you are far too valuable to put on a front like that. One player that I really like is Sam Bradford, and I have mentioned that more than once I’m sure. On the field Bradford (although plagued with loss and injury quite often) is level-headed. He keeps his mouth shut and plays his heart out. Same thing with players like Aaron Rodgers or even Kevin Durant. They focus on the game and don’t go all “Ron Artest” (excuse me, Metta Worldpeace) on the refs or other players.
In this world gossip and hurtful words are almost like a trend. But in this case, the trend never goes out of style. Trash-talking and gossiping have been around since, well forever. But we as Christians should strive to rise above that. Step onto another bunny trail with me. It will only take a short while, I promise. When people gossip, someone will always get hurt. You have no idea how much you can affect someone with the hurtful things you say. And I don’t only mean the trash-talk that is screamed at others, this goes for the whispers behind you hand and the childish text gossip. When you put someone else down, you are doing the very thing Jesus called us to never do. Each person is precious to God and they should be to you as well. If you knock people down with hurtful or hateful talk you are like the Pharisees, a brood of vipers. And no one wants that, God created you to be better than a viper. He made you in His image. So lift your eyes from the mirror and look to God, he will tell you your worth. He knows your skill more than anyone else. You don’t need to trash-talk others to make your game seem better. You just need to root yourself in God and see that you can kill it on the court or field; your words won’t always be all you have. Ok, back track now. So Am I saying that if you are TRULY a Christian you will never gossip or say a hurtful thing ever again? NO. We are all imperfect people and no matter how much we don’t want to slip up and fail, we will. But trying to hold your tongue and filtering your words WILL bring glory to God. When you get focused on what needs to be done in this life you’ll see how the trash-talk will fade out. You’ll become confident in who you are in Christ and you won’t need to hide behind a mask that says you have it all figured out and others should stay out of your way. When you make God first you will learn how to pull that jersey over your head with a sound mind. You will know your skill and you won’t cower behind empty sounds some call words.
Proverbs 11:12-13 He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent. He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.