One of the most frustrating things about being around journalism is that, for the most part, sportswriters are arrogant, or at least display that we’re arrogant. I’m guilty too, good gracious.
I’m sitting in the media center at Pinehurst No. 2 on Sunday at the U.S. Open, a pretty big deal. All around me, journalists are discussing the merits of Martin Kaymer’s five-shot lead into the last round, who might challenge him, what the high round of the day is going to be, etc. Some people (myself included) can be very adamant about their opinions.
That’s one of the big things I’ve learned about journalism. It’s not a business, for the most part, for humble people. You’ve got to be assertive and forthright, direct and strong. Sometimes that can lead to incredible arrogance, like some guys on ESPN. It’s all about me and what I think and what I know. Not all journalists are like this, but the most notable ones tend to be that way. Yes, we get paid because of what we know and what we can do. But sometimes that arrogance can be overwhelming.
I’m definitely that way sometimes. We all can be.
As I’ve moved on from college to “real life,” I’ve discovered that the Christian life can also be like that. We make it all about me and I and myself and my problems and my issues and my successes and my failures.
But the Christian life is about Jesus. It’s not about me. When we get so caught up in our obedience or our sin or our spectacular quiet time or our lack of intimacy with God, we get so self-focused that we forget who the focus of our attention should be: Jesus.
Fighting sin and growing in godliness is not about me fixing me, it’s about God shaping me to be the man I’m supposed to be. I’m responsible in the matter, but it’s God who’s given me the Holy Spirit and the power to obey.
We don’t obey because we can; “None is righteous, no not one; no understands; no one seeks for God,” Romans 3:10-11 says. We obey because God changes our hearts and causes us to desire the things He desires; because we are on our own unrighteous, it follows that we can’t obey unless God changes us.
My identity is not about my personality or my relationship status or my track record of obedience, it’s about God showing me grace and mercy I didn’t deserve and adopting me as His son.
It’s my responsibility to remember that and live out of that, but I didn’t get myself to be that way, He did. It’s He who cast my transgressions as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), not me.
Christianity is not about us; it’s about God and who He is, not about me and who I am. And that drives us to becoming a better us, a more God-glorifying us, in three steps:
- We see that our lives are not about us being better, it’s about Him being glorified.
- He is most glorified when we are obedient to Him and His Word.
- We turn to Him for aid in maturity and sanctification.
That’s not extensive, but it’s helping me remember what’s necessary to be a child of God.