It’s been a minute since I’ve posted something so, sorry for this somewhat long post here. Perhaps I may be in my feelings, but the reaction of the Indianapolis Colt’s fan hurt and bothered me. Peep this:
(1) Andrew Luck replaced Peyton Manning and kept the Colts competitive for about 5 seasons. Their power ranking never went below 18 while Luck was their quarterback, which mean the Colts were a decent to a very good team. The fans praised and celebrated Luck for his abilities and athleticism. The fans loved him!
(2) His O-line allowed him to get hit more than 15 times a game for 5 seasons (minus the designed runs). His injuries were not ALL his fault. Still, the fans loved him!
(3) The fan base KNEW Luck was a hard worker and gave his all and his best even when others felt like he couldn’t give anymore. The fans loved him for this!
(4) On Friday (I think it was) during the Colts preseason game, early in the 1st quarter, the cameras landed on Luck, to which the fans that saw him, began to cheer and clap. Not even an hour later, these same fans, booed him and some even took their Luck jerseys off to denounce Luck, who they found out was going to soon announce his retirement – all within 60 mins!! NOW, the fans hate him! Seriously?!
Here is the life application …… PEOPLE ARE FICKLED! There are “fans” in your life that only applaud for you because you do something directly for them that benefits them or gives them the ability to “speak” in a position of fanaticism. It can be a benefit emotionally, financially, physically, mentally, intellectually and maybe even spiritually. But the moment you do something for yourself (that is to say, you stop doing what tickles their fancy) because you haven’t taken time to heal from the pains of the world properly, they the switch from being your “fan” to joining those who hate you (the enemy) and they then antagonize and belittle you and your character. So, because of this, you are in a vicious circle of hurt, pain and mental and physical exhaustion, all, while you are supposed to “produce” or “entertain” for others, is taxing, both on the body and in your heart. Those people (the fickle fans) are the ones who push people past their limits of kindness to a level of hurt and reserve. Those people (the fickle fans) don’t expect the kind folk to check them, and when they do, they play the victim or worst, they get even meaner and nastier. And honestly, it hurts!
This is not a problem, just within our churches, but it’s a problem in our leadership, our institutions, our establishments and within our friends and family circles. It’s honestly everywhere and it seems to me that as time moves forward, this painful application of verbal abuse has become acceptable while defending yourself and taking care of yourself has become extinct!
Listen to me, because I feel Luck’s pain, we as a people MUST DO BETTER! We as a society MUST DO BETTER! Shoot, I MUST DO BETTER! Being kind is not odd! Treating someone with respect is not being weak! Showing someone sincere and true love and respect is needed in this world! Point blank! Folk, please please please – stop being ugly and let change this world with the LOVE God has shared (and expects for us to share) with others!
Thank you in advance!
– Monte, one who understands Luck’s suffering. I’ve been there and to some degree, I’m there now!