March 20, 2019

You can tell the character of a person by how they respond to daily life situations. What I like about the Chris Ballard the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts is that when he looks for players to play for the Colts he not only looks at how they perform on the football field but he looks at how they perform off the football field. That performance off the field is just as important to Ballard as the on field performance. If the performance off the field is suspect he knows that eventually that unacceptable behavior will show itself in the locker room and disrupt team unity. That behavior will be a distraction and time spent on improving as a team will now have to be spent mending broken relationships and all the media hype that goes along with it.

In a sense Ballard is a little like God when God was looking for a king. God sent Samuel to the home of Jesse because God had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be king. When the sons lined up in front of Samuel naturally Samuel looked at their outward physical attributes and he was ready to choose the best looking one but God said no. God wasn’t looking at just the outward He was actually more interested on the inward; the character or the heart of the individual. And so David was chosen because of his heart or his character. Did David have the physical skills to do the job as king? I think so; after all he did kill lions and bears with his hands.

When Ballard looks for players to add to his team he looks not only at the physical skills but he looks to see if they have the same heart as he does.  Ballard’s heart is for team play not individual play. Team unity not one man shows.

David was chosen by God because he was a man after God’s own heart. We see some of this heart in the following verses.

Psalm 109:1–5 (NLT) — 1 O God, whom I praise, don’t stand silent and aloof 2 while the wicked slander me and tell lies about me. 3 They surround me with hateful words and fight against me for no reason. 4 I love them, but they try to destroy me with accusations even as I am praying for them! 5 They repay evil for good, and hatred for my love.

This sounds like it could have been Jesus saying these words as he was hanging on the cross. David was a man after God’s own heart. David was going through a very troubling time in his life but he didn’t let that carry over into the locker room so to speak. He maintained his good attitude through prayer and love. How is your locker room(home) attitude when things don’t go your way? Are you an encourager or a nagger? Peace maker or trouble maker? Is relationship more important to you than winning the argument?

The rest of the psalm takes place out on the playing field(outside the home) where everyone is watching. Notice how David plays the game in the following verses.

Verse 28 > Then let them curse me if they like, but you will bless me!  David is looking up and ahead. When they attack me, they will be disgraced!  But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing! His good attitude is still intact.

Verse 30 > But I will give repeated thanks to the LORD, praising him to everyone. Gratefulness rules the day!

I ask myself in view of this psalm; am I a team player? With the grace of God is my heart after His heart both on the field and off?  You?

1 Corinthians 6:6–7 (NLT) — 6 But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers! 7 Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated?

1 Corinthians 9:12 (NLT) — 12 … We would rather put up with anything than be an obstacle to the Good News about Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT) — 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

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