One year in high school, I was playing in a basketball scrimmage for my school. It was right after Christmas and we needed to get back in the gym and play a team. Being the benchwarmer I was, I didn’t see much playing time, but in this scrimmage I got to play quite a bit. I didn’t always have a good shooting percentage, but in this scrimmage, I was hitting all kinds of shots. From layups, 3-pointers, and everything in between. It was a rarity for me that’s for sure.
The defender on me was clearly frustrated as most of the shots I took would go in. We were winning by a lot, but yet you could feel the intensity on the floor. Soon, the defender changed his defense and started making more physical contact that what was allowed. He was reaching, taunting, and smack talking me with every pass I was given and shot I took. I was becoming agitated with him and annoyed the referees hadn’t called anything. Then, all of sudden, a loose ball occurred on the floor. I dove to get it. As I did, the defender pushed me from behind from the court to out of bounds. Instead of the referees calling a foul, they called me out of bounds and visitor’s ball. The defender snickered as he realized his team won the possession.
I was purely upset. So upset, that my competitive nature took over, I then slammed my fists on the court floor and yelled at the defender who pushed me. At once, coach pulled me out and left me out of the remainder of the game. I knew what I did was wrong and I gave in to being provoked. It was a poor choice, and I wrongly misrepresented who I was and what I believed in. I made myself and my team look horrible. My emotions got the best of me, but it taught me a valuable lesson: how to exercise self-control. However, the next game, the team and I moved on, although my shooting percentage wasn’t as good, my attitude was much better.
Hopefully, I’m not the only who as ever lost their cool. I know this weekend, we saw Baker Mayfield’s lose his cool in Kansas. No doubt it was erroneous, uncalled for, and was a poor choice. It was a bad reflection. I’m not validating Baker’s actions, not condoning it, but I can say I’ve been in a competitive game, and lost my cool before. You see, Baker and I have something in common, both of our actions were contrary to how a Christian should live and were uncalled for. It’s not right, but because of what someone did on the cross for me many years ago, I’m thankful that Jesus still loves us when we make poor choices or when we lose our cool. I’m an OSU Cowboy fan, but first and foremost, I’m a Christian and never should I take my witness lightly. However, there is hope for people like Mayfield and me. Even when we constantly misrepresent Him and don’t act like the children of God He calls us as, Jesus still loves us and has grace to forgive us. Jesus died for us fully knowing that we would make fools out of ourselves, fully aware that at times my actions would be contrary and uncalled for both on and off the field, court, and church grounds.
My mistakes result in me being a flawed sinner, but I’m thankful for the actions of a flawless Savior. So enough is enough. Let’s move on and walk in God’s Victory. Let’s focus our energy and attention on pressing current issues like respecting our flag, tax reform, healthcare, education, and more. Let’s be concerned with current events but also how we react to them. Above all, we must strive to be the witnesses of God that He wants us to be in everything. For if we don’t, you’ll see more than just poor actions at a sporting event, but a generation and world slamming their fists, caught up in their chaotic nature, completely unaware of the hope, grace, and love that Christ gives and we as believers should exhibit. #MayfieldAndMe #Contrary&UncalledFor