“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus says these words twice in Luke’s gospel: in Luke 14:11 and 18:14 (at the conclusion of the parable of the wedding feast and the conclusion of the parable of the Pharisee and tax-collector who went to the temple to pray).
Why am I writing these words now? Well, some people may have thought that I was bragging last week about the success I had experienced this past football season in fantasy football. Remember? I was the #1 seed in the playoffs in all three leagues of which I am a part.
I promise I really was NOT trying to brag. If you took it that way, I apologize. I was just trying to make a point about how if what we do in this life doesn’t carry over to the afterlife, then it is meaningless.
In the three semi-final games that I was involved with in the three fantasy football leagues I play in I won exactly one game last week. In the two games I lost, one looked closer than it really was because I had a couple of players that played well on Monday night. In the other game I lost, well, I scored 40 points lower than any other week this season and was on the losing end of the “biggest blowout of the week.”
Even as I wrote last week’s article, I knew I should have saved it for a later date...but I had writer’s block, and it was all I had, so I went with it.
Before anyone asks: no, I do not believe that my article really had anything at all to do with the football games (fantasy or otherwise) this past week. I don’t think the players on “my” roster read last week’s Dye-a-logue and collectively decided they would score, on average, less than half of their projected points.
Nor do I believe that God somehow manipulated the players and the games so that I would “learn some humility.”
I just had a bad week in the world of fantasy football. That’s all. Nothing more, nothing less.
But Jesus’ point is well taken. Just as Solomon said in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The point is to remember when you’re on top, stay humble because that’s where a fall hurts the worst.
Never-the-less, just to be on the safe side, I believe I will not mention how I’m doing in fantasy football next year until the playoffs are over!