(Orange, Texas)

March 16, 2014

What Should We Do With Johnny Football?

John Warren
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — A drama is playing out about the future of a talented young man, who knows he is talented. The problem seems to be that he knows it too well.

Jonathan Paul Manziel is also known by his nickname "Johnny Football", Manziel was given the nickname "Johnny Football" by fans and students at Texas A&M before the start of the 2012 season. It speaks volumes to know that the nickname is a registered trademark. The young man is certainly talented listen to his list of awards: he was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Manning Award in 2012, and a number of other awards. Manziel has became one of the most polarizing athletes in pre-draft history, from scouting opinions varying from undraftable to rare competitor, due to his lack of positive personality traits; such as humility. Former NFL head coach Barry Switzer has criticized him saying, “I don't like his antics. I think he is an arrogant little *#$@%.”

The question being raised for the teams such as The Houston Texans is; Will he be another prima dona or a team player? What do you think? This is really a question of all of us when you stop to think about it. Every day we get up and look in the mirror and go out and live our lives. We are not being scouted by the NFL but we do have to make a decision on how we will conduct our lives. Some would say that each day we have to make a decision whether we live our lives for Christ or for Satan. I think the temptation is much more subtle than that. Our motivation and choices are much more personal, selfish even because most of the time if we are really honest with ourselves we don't choose to live for Christ but we choose to live for ourselves. It is what is comfortable for us, what is convenient for us, those are the things we choose rather than sacrifice for God.

That is why we have the season of Lent in the church. It is to give us a chance to turn from ourselves to God.  The order of our life should follow this pattern, “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33. That's how we put our lives in a right perspective with God first everything else will fall into place.