This blog entry from Buzzard Blog, stuck out to me and I felt compelled to share it. It doesn’t speak specifically to sports or outreach but it was a powerful message about our culture and condition of our hearts.
Here is an excerpt:
We live in a feedback culture. Move your eyes to the right or the left and you’ll spot someone looking for feedback. There’s nothing wrong with feedback. The problem is most people are living FOR feedback, rather than FROM feedback.
We live FOR feedback when we base our identity/happiness on the evaluation others give of us.
This is the plot line of every reality TV show. A group of contestants have a job to perform (sing well, dance well, woo a woman’s heart, etc.). At the end of each show the contestants stand before the judges panel, anxiously awaiting the evaluation, their identity hanging in the balance (will I get a rose, or will I be rejected and sent home?).
I fear that many of us live the Christian life this way. We live FOR feedback. The deep feedback of the gospel hasn’t invaded our hearts, so we spend each day following the plotline of reality TV, anxiously unsure of what the people we’ve placed on the judgment panel of our lives really think about us. We feel the same lack of assurance with God.
As believers we live for much more than feedback, let’s look to God for truth and root our identity in who He tells us we are.