Game of Life
Win like a loser
So there’s this sports club, we all know them, or maybe it’s a team within a club. You just don’t trust them. They’ll bend the rules, probably break the rules, maybe even cheat. They do things that may be technically within the rules but everyone knows, it’s not in the spirit of the game. What do we think of these teams?
They are labelled cheats and bad sports. But often it’s because of just one thing they did. Or even one person within that team who did the wrong thing. And suddenly the whole lot are labelled.
I know of a club I once held in high regard, until just recently, when they pulled a shonky. It was technically legal but they knew it was wrong. So did everyone else. They won the game because of it, but they lost their integrity. And respect. And not just for this one team, but for the whole of their club. Know what I mean?
The same thing happens in my spiritual life. When I do the wrong thing, the dumb thing, lose my temper, push in front, claim what I think I deserve, everyone sees it. And that changes what they think of me.
Problem is, they know I’m a Christian. So when I do the stupid thing and make myself look bad, I make ALL Christians look bad, the whole club. I make God look bad. When YOU screw up, you make ME look like a screw up too.
So first let me say: sorry.
And second, it’s probably a good idea to keep a closer eye on what I might look like to others! If I’m trying to justify my behaviour, it’s probably wrong. If I get angry and shouty, for example, I can claim tiredness, other people’s stupidity, hormones even. But that doesn’t change the fact that I just made you, and God, look bad.
And that’s not a good way to play the game, if you can win but still be a loser.
10/09/2017 / Kit Densley