Under the leadership of coach Phil Jackson, the L.A. Lakers told every team in the NBA that they were set on victory. They most recently won the NBA finals in 2009 and 2010 and there was huge buzz about a possible 3-peat. When they got ahold of Dwight Howard this past summer the finals seemed to be an almost “done deal”. Steve Nash was also nabbed by the Lakers during the off-season. With the world watching, this new starting five blew people away. Then preseason came…Lakers fans were not happy. They went 0-8 during the preseason for the first time in franchise history before stumbling into the regular season with an 0-3 start, losing to Dallas, Portland and the Clippers. After finally beating Detroit for their first win, the Lakers looked listless again in a loss at Utah. The Lakers’ 1-4 record is the worst in the Western Conference. Fans and nonfans alike we so confused. They had everything going for them but they were falling short again and again. The Lakers kingdom was getting restless. With coach Mike Brown and one of the most jaw-dropping starting five, something wasn’t adding up. Personally, the Lakers are my team. I have to admit that they bought a pretty good line-up. But instead of building with what they had, they took matters into their own hands, or should I say wallets..
So often in our faith we try to handle things ourselves instead of giving them to God. Just as the Lakers bought a team instead of BUILDING a team. They wanted another run at the finals (which would be great) so they did all they could to ensure that that would happen. When we want something, sometimes we try to make the decisions based on our own wants, not what God’s will has for us. When we do this, we end up with a losing record even though we are built to win. Don’t get restless in waiting on God, don’t freak out and try to pave a path that shouldn’t be. Push toward victory through God, not your own wavering opinions. Wouldn’t you rather play for a team that works hard and enjoys the benefits of that hard work? Don’t force things, be patient and follow God in all you do.
Proverbs 14:23- All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
Jeremiah 17:7- [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord,
and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.
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.