I wrote some time ago that my favorite sports figure is Tony Dungy (read the Fave Fives post here).  I recently began reading his book Uncommon, and it is one of those rare books that you know is a must read within the first few pages.  Dungy makes no bones about the fact that most of his thoughts and ideas come from what he believes the Bible says it takes to be a man.  His main premise is so true:

A true man is uncommon.

While he coached the Indianapolis Colts, he would go through the rigorous process of evaluating college players who have entered the NFL draft.  I like to follow the prospects and have always been very interested in the measurables: height, weight, speed, etc..  But Dungy’s evaluation went a step further.  He writes, “Coaching ability or talent cannot make up for a lack of character.”  They had a category on their evaluation form labeled “DNDC” — do not draft because of character.

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” -I Peter 3:4

It is this “hidden man”, the thoughts and actions only seen by God, that propels a person to spiritual success.  Even Christian homes have been inundated with the sensual glitter of the world’s entertainment.  Young people no longer know what it means to be a true man or woman.  Parents think that an hour of Sunday School will fix the many hours of filth their kids indulge in Monday – Saturday.  Our homes are no longer work-sites for character building.  Sadly, many Christian homes have become dangerous brain washing stations, with the mass media taking over as teacher, mentor and spiritual advisor.

As parents, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, we have a responsibility to teach our young men that strength is not to be equated with violence or foolish wrath.  Our young ladies must learn to reject what MTV and Hollywood call attractive and “esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches….”  People who live for wealth and fame are a dime a dozen.

Men and women who love Christ more than self are truly uncommon.


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