I don’t watch a whole lot of sports on TV, especially professional sports. It’s not that I don’t like it. It’s just that it takes so much time. It consumes 3-4 hours and I generally always have something else I’ve got to do or something else I want to do – that might even include taking a nap.
The other thing I’ve notice about sports is the number of “armchair quarterbacks” there are. You know the person who knows exactly what the players and coaches should be doing but they themselves are not doing it or could not do it. Doesn’t matter if it’s the commentator on the TV, the friend on Facebook, or family or friend in my house. Sometimes, I take the role myself.
But it doesn’t stop with professional athletes. Once we get used to being so critical, we criticize our President, our boss, our teacher, our pastor, other christians. It’s very easy to become cynical about what others are or are not doing without actually making a difference ourselves. But the saying proves to still be true… “If you’re not part of the solution… you are the problem.” And just so you know, being an “armchair quarterback” is never part of the solution.
One of Jesus’ disciples, James, wrote this for us to ponder and remember, especially when we want to be critical but unwilling to help make a difference. He wrote…
“Are any of you wise or sensible? Then show it by living right and by being humble and wise in everything you do.” James 3:13 CEV
James was telling us that our wisdom and understanding aren’t going to be seen by our words or our criticism of others, but by being “humble and wise in everything” we do.
Everytime and anytime we see the good that should be happening and critique others, yet we don’t move a muscle, we are responsible and accountable. James went on to write in chapter four, verse seventeen, “If you don’t do what you know is right, you have sinned.”
It’s easy sitting on the “sidelines” and complaining about what others are not doing or are doing wrongly in your opinion, instead of rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.
So, here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Don’t be an “armchair quarterback.” Get up… get involved… help… assist… provide… boost… reinforce… encourage… serve… support – OK, you probably get the idea!
Forgive me for sitting back and watching others do Your work and then criticize what they’re doing. Holy Spirit, help me get in the game, use my gifts and build Your kingdom. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen