Meditation Monday: Armchair Quarterback

Armchair Quarterback

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV

It’s tough not to armchair quarterback in football on Monday mornings after the games. We watch the weekend games and see where everyone went wrong, whether that was the quarterback, tight end, coach or umpire. We all know how we would have done it to win the game.

Despite all the technology that exists to make it seem like the spectator is on the ground in the thick of the game, nothing compares to actually being in the game. It’s when one is on the field with a myriad of incoming, complex information to help one in choosing the “correct” play, which defines our abilities to armchair quarterback. As much as we think we know after watching Sport Center, we aren’t on the field during play.

So we trust our coaches, quarterbacks, umpires and other players to do what need to be done. To make those split-second decisions that have vital consequences. We decide not to be the Monday morning, armchair quarterback.

When GCFA proposes a budget, it looks at all kinds of data, including economic trends. It isn’t a hail Mary pass or an automatic touchback. It was banged out in the field by many who suited up, got out and played. More importantly, they prayed.

A sizable percentage of American sports fans think that supernatural intervention occurs in sporting contests (50%), pray to God to help their team (26%), think that their favorite team has sometimes been cursed (25%), and perform rituals (like wearing the appropriate colors) that they think will help their team.

As General Conference approaches, let us involve ourselves in the discussion prayerfully. If we believe in prayer for a sports outcome, how much more can we believe in prayer for our General Conference delegates as they take the “field” in Portland?

We must trust our God to lead us on the journey to perfection, not Monday morning quarterback God.

We must trust in our delegates and support staff of the General Conference to work hard and with unceasing prayer set the Godly path for the Church to walk toward the future.

We hope and pray that such a path is the one Christ would have walked and God would have us to travel upon now.

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