In the days when Will Rogers lived, a football game was played in the far-famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. It was the game of the year. Two giant teams had met for a decisive struggle. It came to pass, or at a moment of supreme importance, that a player caught a bounding ball. In the heat of the excitement, he lost the sense of direction and headed at top speed for the goal of the opposing team. Finally, just before reaching the goal, he was tackled by a teammate.
Then fell upon the poor lad an avalanche of criticism. Sportswriters–many of them–“raked him over the coals.” But Will Rogers came to the player’s defense. In these words, or in words with similar meaning, he wrote: “Why heap criticism upon this unfortunate fellow for running with the ball in the wrong direction? Is it not a fact that a vast majority of us are headed in the wrong direction and running at top speed toward the wrong goal?”
The great humorist scored an important point. Most people are running at top speed in the wrong direction, toward the wrong goal–that of sensual pleasure, of material wealth, of personal glory. Many Christians need to be “tackled by a teammate.” Like the great Paul–one of God’s true athletes–let us make the high calling of God our aim. Christlikeness our goal.
“This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14)
–Frank L. Cox
Thought For Today To Brighten Your Day
Glenn, Mercedes & Lauren Hitchcock
Peninsula church of Christ, Hampton, VA.