This might be my last blog post on football but it might not – the day is young and there’s a lot of football news out there. Today I’m going to continue using Ray Lewis’ rant to drive home a few more points. (Read yesterday’s post if you wanna be in the loop.)
Continuing with the words of the All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis in his attempt to defend Ravens’ GM over the mishandling of the Ray Rice incident:
“Right now is a sad day for me because the reputation that I left in this organization, this isn’t it. This isn’t it. What was built that many of years took hard work to get that.”
Well geez, Ray – I forgot it’s your world and we’re just living in it. Who knew it’s a sad day for you? Really? Did you get cold-cocked in the elevator, slam your head into the railing and get dragged out like a scarecrow because that definitely did not look like you in that video, Mr. Lewis.
It’s not about you, Ray. Not in the least. And this narcissistic society in which we live is growing uglier every day like an ingrown hair on a witch’s nose at Halloween.
It’s not all about Ray, or you, or me, or your child, or mine. If we fail to teach children it’s not all about them guess what they think when they grow up? If our world revolves around our children first, then our jobs, our spouses next and then Jesus for the 2 minutes we aren’t running around like chickens with our heads cut off, is it any wonder we now have a generation of narcissistic adults who cannot comprehend I don’t care what they say on Twitter or how many likes they get on an Instagram picture?
Jesus was a servant FIRST and He put Himself LAST. “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’” (Mark 9:35)
And on the subject of reputation, do we really need to analyze the awesome reputation he gave the Ravens back in 2000? Is Ray suffering from some type of memory loss where he has forgotten that his attorneys got a plea deal for him where the murder charges were dropped in exchange for testimony against the other two people involved? Well, dadgum Ray – I’m sure the Ravens were real fired up about that reputation you gave their organization back then.
As I said yesterday, my intent is not to rake Ray Lewis over the coals but to use his own words to demonstrate some of the most serious problems we face in our society today: not being able to take responsibility for our actions, lying to escape punishment, and thinking it’s all about me.
Fortunately for Ray – and for all of us – we can start over fresh no matter how big the mistake, but we must first admit we made the mistake by confessing it to Jesus and if necessary to whomever we may have hurt. Only then can we experience the true healing in our spirit. It’s not a healing that comes from covering something up or pretending it didn’t happen – no it’s a pure, raw healing that comes from being truly repentant at the cross of your Lord and Savior. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
I’ll give Ray a little credit – I don’t think he means this the same way I would, but he did at least end his rant with a little sense:
“If I ask for anything in this whole thing, I ask let there be light.”
Amen, Ray. Amen.
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