The current NBA trend toward players’ ability to control team structures and makeup is seen by some as a breath of fresh air, giving players a new sense of control over their playing futures. For others, it is perceived as ego run amuck—uber-wealthy players who see themselves as bigger than the game and more important than what others see as what is best for the game. We all have seen times when superstars have used the weight of their celebrity to force a trade or demand the firing of their coach. And, what may be most troubling about such incidents is that they give the appearance of absolute power—which corrupts absolutely. At the root of it, many times, is ego. And ego can be a very dangerous thing.
In the book of Daniel, mighty King Nebuchadnezzar surveyed his kingdom and began to celebrate his own greatness and his own glory (Dan.4). To be fair, Nebuchadnezzar had accomplished much—and much of his achievements were good. But to attribute those things to self without any acknowledgement of the God of heaven who is the ultimate provider of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Instead of seeking to promote self or advance self or praise self, we would be wise to give our attention to pointing people to our God. Where do we start? The apostle Peter said:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time… (1 Peter 5:6)
Instead of promoting self (the product of ego) we leave that to the Lord, understanding that there is no better place to be than humbled before the mighty God.
Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the danger of pride and the need for humility as we face the successes of life.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain