We’ve all seen it in the middle of a game. A play is made and the athletes get really emotional. Sometimes this induces a touchdown dance, or it turns into a battle of fists. No matter what team you call your own, football bring out the beast in us all. The players get so passionate that if a ref disagrees with them or if an opposing player takes something too far they will make their frustration known. When things like this happen, you see the teams rally to the problem. Now, sometimes the rallying just adds to the chaos but more often than not, players will grab their teammates and pull them away or hold them back so that they don’t do something they might regret. When a teammate does that it shows true “teamwork” to all of us that watch. They care enough about their teammate that they don’t want them, or their team to end up in a bad place just because they got a little fired up. This is why every player wants to surround themselves with the best team possible. A good team will be there to push you forward toward your potential and hold you back from a mouthy tight end.
In this exact same way, we as Christians should surround ourselves with a good team. In the matters of this world, we might get passionate and over-heated about something that was said or an unsettling incident and that is when we need our friends to help us keep a level head. When someone says something that sets you off, good friends will be there to look after you and make sure you are making good choices. As far as your choices go, those around you influence how you will respond to things. If you are playing on a team that is known for hot-heads and temper tantrums then eventually that same mentality will become a jacket for you to try on yourself. But if you keep yourself in the huddle of those who have your best interest, and God’s best interest in mind you will be set up for a win. Don’t lower yourself to the level of those who lash out of anger or frustration. They will end up doing something directed by their emotions alone and that will lead them to an “unsportsmanlike behavior” call.
Keep your cool and look to a team that consists of sound-minded players. When the time comes, and it will for all of us, you will need a reliable team to keep you from lashing out. This team will make up your community of believers.
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33