I remember sitting in Sanford Stadium on a beautiful Fall day watching the Dawgs play the Orange Team from Knoxville. Georgia was ranked in the Top 5, and the nasty Orange Team in the Top 10. ESPN was live in Athens for Gameday and the place was electric.
It was the fourth quarter and the wheels were coming off the tracks as the Dawgs were getting it handed to them. The fans from that ghastly Orange Team cheered, in perfect cadence, “OVERRATED, OVERRATED, OVERRATED! I can still hear it – OVERRATED, bum, bum, bum bum bum… YIKES! The problem was, they were right. My team was clearly overrated.
Wouldn’t you hate to hear the cheers of your family, your coworkers,
your neighbors, your church, your kid’s team shouting at you –
about you – OVERRATED? Me too!
The simplest and fastest way to end that cheer is to win! It’s true on the ballfield and it’s true in life. Few folks care about what you might do. Nobody particularly cares what you say you are going to do. Many couldn’t care less about what you once did. But everybody cares what you are and what you are doing!
I’ve found this especially true in the Christian world. Nobody wants to hear about what you are going to do! Even fewer care about what you think they should do! But they do care about what you are and what you are doing!
I’ve been a Follower of Jesus for more than 46 years. I once spent a fair amount of time criticizing someone else. That is just stupidity. I spent some time trying to convince folks that I was somebody. That was egotistic folly! I’ve spent some effort trying to tell folks what they should think. Oh, my stars! That is assinine!
This messed up world is dying for authentic, meaningful leadership that is doing something. Something that makes this world better. Something that others can count on! Something that matters to the Divine, and something that will leave a legacy of bold and gracious servanthood!
May we never settle and leave a legacy of being overrated! That doesn’t sound anything like the legacy left by a Child of the Most High God!
You were created to be more than a conqueror. You were created to soar, to seek, and to serve…which by the way is the word used to describe greatness according to Jesus, the Lord.