While “surfing the net” (as the kids used to say back in the ’90″s) I cam across this little lovely …
I am not going to pretend to be the world’s greatest sports fan, but I do infact love to watch sports and as far as basketball goes, I am a pretty rabid Dallas Mav’s fan. Michael and I watch a lot of sports together, it is one of our mutual loves. Josh Howard has been one of Michael’s favorite players up until now.
As mentioned in the article, this isn’t the first public relations blunder Mr. Howard has faced, however it does seem that a dangerous pattern is emerging. When I read this article to Michael lastnight his reaction was not one of suprise or even disappointment. Instead, it was a mixture of anger and disgust. He was quick to make the statement many of would, “If you don’t like it here then leave,” and added “See where else in the world you can go and play a game for living and get paid millions of dollars to it.” I can’t say that I disagree, but I also think the root goes deeper to an overwhelming sense of entitlement and ungratefulness that is pervaiding our culture these days.
It seems like every piece of pop culture news media these days has some overly privileged and ego-maniacal public figure making the mistake of thinking themselves and their opinion overly important. Josh Howard, in this case, is no different. Now I could go on and on lecturing about the forefathers, the flag and the freedoms both represent and how it is that very freedom that makes what he said ok. The quote, “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” pretty well sums that up. It is true, we live in a free country. But as the Apostle Paul wrote, “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.”
Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” I don’t mean to cast judgement on this guy, but as a new parent I am also stepping into the reality that I must be the gatekeeper of my own heart as well as our home. While I was pregnant I prayed everyday for Ephraim. I prayed for his safety and for his life, but I also prayed for his heart. As Michael often said, “We are having a little boy, but we are raising him to be a man of God.” So each day I prayed for the attributes and attitudes of the heart that we wanted to instill in him. We prayed at length that he would have a heart of compassion and thankfulness. We live in a very blessed country. There are things we will be able to give to our children (the least of which is food, shelter and safety) that other parents in other parts of the world can only dream of giving. I am trying to learn not to take things for granted.
Before having a child I could watch World Vision infomercials and the like and be moved, yes, but not with the heart of a mother. Now, I can’t hardly stand it. I don’t know nor can I even imagine what it must be like for mothers and fathers in far off (and not so far) places to listen to their children cry out in hunger and know that you are powerless to do anything about it. Too many people in this world face this crisis on a daily basis.
This is what Jesus says this in Matthew Chapter 5:(The Message)
3“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
4“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
5“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
6“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
7“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
8“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
9“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
10“You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
11-12“Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
The truth is our idea of being blessed in this life is, on most days, completely opposite to this. No great revelation in that statement. But, for me, I want change to come … into my own heart and into my home. I am grateful for the blessings we have been given, but I need to remember that the real and true blessing awaits us when we return home. If we could ever wrap our minds around this the world would be a much different place.