Humble Yourself "Captain
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,
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
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