Humble Yourself "Captain Comeback"
By Bryan Wagner
Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Jim Harbaugh is nick-named "Captain Comeback" because of the heroic, last minute, come from behind victories that he led his team to during the 1995 season and the subsequent playoffs. Harbaugh ended up inches short of leading his Colts in upsetting the Pittsburgh 
Steelers and going to the Super Bowl. Following the victorious game which led to that showdown with the Steelers, Harbaugh was interviewed on national television and gave credit for the win to his "Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." 

After that game, Jim Harbaugh was on top of the world and it was great to see that Jesus was there with him.Lately, things haven't been going too well in Indianapolis, nor in Jim Harbaugh's professional life. The Colts are having a dismal season. As of this writing they are winless. Harbaugh has been in and out of the line up because of injury and lack of production. To make matters worse, Jim got himself into a little scuffle that broke his throwing hand and put him on the non football related injured list where he stands to lose over 
$150,000 per week. Harbaugh reportedly punched TV reporter and ex-quarterback Jim Kelly because of the comments Kelly had made a week earlier that questioned 
Harbaugh's manhood. So Captain Comeback is in the hole again. This time, in order to come from behind, he will have to humble himself and totally depend on the King of Comebacks, Jesus Christ. 

I bring this issue up not to judge or get on Jim Harbaugh, but to bring to light how pride can get us into trouble. We can lose our position, our respect. We can alienate our friends, people who look up to us and those who admire us. It says in an often quoted Proverb 'Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall' (Proverbs 16:18 NIV). 

There were times in my playing career when I would have a fantastic week of practice leading up to an important game. I would have a great pre-game warm up, I would feel as if I was going to have a perfect day of kicking the ball 
and the confidence that I could do no wrong. I ended up having a not so perfect game because I was depending on myself and trusting in my own abilities. I became proud and forgot that God put me in the position I had, and that He gave me the abilities and opportunities so I could glorify His name. 

Proverbs 11:2 says "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom". We can learn from these Proverbs and also from people in the Bible such as David, Peter, Paul and especially Jesus. He is the picture of complete humility in that "He humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!"(Phil.2:8). 

Don't let pride get you into trouble. Put others first. Remember where the abilities and gifts that you have came from and give God the glory. Look to God's word for help and guidance on how to be humble. Don't let pride get in the way of accepting the free gift of the Gospel and the inheritance that awaits in God's kingdom. 
 

Bryan Wagner is a former NFL punter. He played on several teams during his career including the original Cleveland Browns