Cracked 5 … July 27th, 2019

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Social media was set ablaze this week when a YouTube of Tom Brady jumping off a cliff into a lake with his six-year-old daughter became a great source of controversy and criticism.

So in our Cracked 5 this week, I would like to offer:

Real Things Tom Brady Should Not Do with His Six-Year-Old Daughter

 A.  Share a six-pack.

 

B.  Send her to a Baptist church where she learns to be submissive to men.

 

C.   Tell her there is a monster lizard living under her bed.

 

D.  Inform her she is only worth 74 cents on the dollar.

 

E.  Introduce her to his “tight end.”

 

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Cracked 5 … February 7th, 2017

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Items for Super Bowl Parties Ignored and Marked Down the Day After at the Wal-Mart Deli

A. Sweet and sour turtle eggs

 

B. Patriot Stew–fermented Georgia peaches in red-eye gravy with ground falcon

 

C. Tofu wings with triple-hot purple hummus

 

D. Seaweed chips and shark-gut dip

 

E. Ever-graying sushi

 

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Good News and Better News… February 6th, 2017

 

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I thought I was going to watch a game–America’s annual gala event, the Super Bowl.

There were banners, bands, stars, announcers, hoopla, hot dogs, beer and two teams dressed up real special for the occasion.

At first, it appeared I was correct. The whole thing was playing out like a normal football game. Touchdowns. Turnovers. Terrible plays. Terrific catches.

And then, all at once, it changed.

Suddenly displayed before my eyes was the difference of participating and competing–and also the chasm between competing and striving.

First of all, every player on both teams showed up to participate. They knew their places. They were familiar with their assignments. They were in a position to perform very well, as long as nothing went horribly wrong.

A goodly portion of them were also pre-conditioned to compete. That means a fumbled ball would not send them into a depression, and they were ready to cash in on the trends of the game so as to gain an advantage.

But by the time the third quarter rolled around, it was obvious that there was only one player who showed up to strive.

He was not satisfied to have merely participated in seven Superbowls unless he could win the present one.

Although he initially had joined his team in having an “off day,” he removed the indignity of being the runner-up.

Yes, it is difficult to explain the difference between Tom Brady and everybody else on that football field. Quietly and with determination, he raised his game, increased his stats, and those around him who showed up to compete, joined him and defeated the participants.

I’m sorry–it made me think about the church.

We have exactly the same situation brewing in every sanctuary in America.

  • We have those who participate: “I believe in God.”
  • We have those who compete: “I believe in Jesus.”
  • And we’re looking for souls who will strive: “I am a follower of Jesus.”

Many people consider all three to be spiritual profiles, but there’s only one mindset that transforms humans from being participants and competitors into individuals who strive for excellence because they know the purity, the joy and the domination of such a maneuver.

Tom Brady is a follower of the mechanics, the psychology and the mission of football. He will not be overcome by mere participants and competitors.

In this day and age, believing in God and even trusting in Jesus does not position us to be more than conquerors.

The good news is that Jesus of Nazareth came to set an example–in word, deed and sacrifice–of what it means to win.

The better news is, if you’ll do more than participate and compete, you can strive and overcome.

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G-Poppers… May 15th, 2015

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G-Pop sat down to consider what he was going to say.

He was pretty sure that a son, grandson or granddaughter might be asking him his feelings on the “Deflategate-Tom Brady-New England Patriots” story.

He wanted to make sure he didn’t say something stupid or crass. Often the best way to avoid such rhetoric is to relate the incident to your own life instead of the lives of those who are presently on the public stage.

G-Pop thought about years earlier when he played tennis with his family around five times a week–his two sons, in their late teens, his wife and himself. Perfect for doubles. Even though his sons and his wife were good, G-Pop was stronger, faster and better.

But he remembered with a bit of shame that he would often call a ball out when he wasn’t truly sure it hit the line, or he would insist that one of his shots was in, and argue with his sons until they relented.

He told himself it “was just part of the game.” What do they call it? “Gamesmanship.” That’s it.

For you see, G-Pop had a history of winning, and he wanted to continue it, closing the door on anybody else to even have a chance to stand toe-to-toe.

As G-Pop thought about that time in his life, he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. It was so childish–but he remembered that it made sense at the time.

It established his dominance

It proved his power.

But it also discouraged his sons from excelling, because even when they did, there was the threat that the playing field would not be fair.

A phrase came to G-Pop’s mind: “A higher truth.”

Yes, there is truth, but then there’s the higher truth, which has been levied on those who have been given great grace and ability.

That higher truth is simple:

When you are blessed, don’t blast everyone else in order to hold your blessing.

When you are blessed, compete instead of retreat.

Tom Brady is arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time. This realization should institute confidence in his soul. Instead, it has made him afraid of losing.

G-Pop had to admit to Tom that he, too, was afraid of losing, and was willing to make marginal calls to maintain his supremacy with his family in the tennis matches.

Because of that, they probably grew up thinking to some degree that their dad was a cheater instead of a winner.

They also grew up never knowing exactly how close the contest might have been if all the calls had been fair.

There is a higher truth. It is demanded of those who have been given much…and from them much is expected.

 

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