So, you know do you?

  Do you know the easiest place from which to play a sport?  On your easy chair drinking a soft drink and eating a bag of potato chips.  You sound like you know what you are doing!  You sound like a real professional.  You sound like you’ve played the sport for years, have been inducted into the hockey hall of fame and have the first puck you scored with in your first game as a professional.  But let’s face it, we fans really don’t know a whole lot.  We’ve never been hit with a puck that is flying at you 160 kilometres an hour.  We’ve never swung a bat at a ball traveling at that same speed  We’ve never been body checked by someone 225 pounds skating at you at 32 kilometres an hour!  Let’s face it—we haven’t a clue.  

We don’t know the average hockey player works out 2 to 3 hours every day—that’s in the gym prior to getting on the ice!  So, as we sit in our easy chairs cat calling, tossing pop corn, yelling at the team to go back to the minors, perhaps we might stop and ask ourselves if we actually know what it is like.

So, what is it like to lead a church?  Easy—sit on your easy chair, read and believe everything you see on Facebook, cruise the internet and then offer your opinion!

So, what is it like to be a single mom?  Easy—you’re like one—after all many nights your spouse was working late—you know!

So, what is it like to live with a disability?  Easy—you know, you had that hang nail, which disabled your typing for two days last week.

I’m sure you get the idea.  How do we move ahead then?

  1. Develop fervent love for others.  Love will do a number of things:
    • It will cover up another person’s mistakes and sins!   1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
    • It will help you to be quiet and keep your opinions to yourself!  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
  1. Remember your opinion is just that—an opinion.  Plus most things you have an opinion about, in the big picture of things really do not matter much.  You are not imbued with perfect knowledge and wisdom—that would be Jesus. 

Rather than sitting back and critiquing why not:

    • Offer free babysitting for the single mom?
    • Offer to pick up groceries for the disabled person?
    • Offer to clean the church for free?


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