How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. ~ Psalm 1
This is the man I yearn to be: one who trusts completely in the Lord. There is a significant element of peace that comes with standing firmly on The Rock, even as the world around me embraces sinful ways. My heart aches for my country and for the church, but I take great comfort in God’s sovereignty: no matter what happens in American politics or church polity, Jesus Christ has won the battle over sin. On that promise I stake my life. May God help me live a life that consistently witnesses to this Truth and may He give me the ability to lovingly and respectfully share this Good News with a world that so desperately needs to hear it.
Travel Bible study. Taken 9.15.2013, Chicago, IL
Be Thou My Vision – Alison Krauss
I was working from home this afternoon, quite frustrated at having to redo work I’d already done through no fault of my own. While I brooded over my computer, grumbling with each entry in my spreadsheet, this hymn came to mind. As I sung the lyrics to myself, I completed my work wearing a smile. I sometimes need to be reminded that, even when working my job in corporate America, I must work as for the Lord. He lovingly delivered this much-needed reminder in the words of this beautiful hymn. May it be as much a blessing to you as it was to me this afternoon!
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Photo credit: Wikipedia
I’m hearing a lot of chatter these days about the exploitation of college athletes, especially those in the upper echelon of exposure in the major sports programs. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is the latest centerpiece in the discussion. It is time the NCAA consider some rule changes.
First, let me be clear: I do not support direct “pay for play” in college athletics. The upper echelon athletes are already compensated for play via generous scholarships. Depending upon the school, the monetary value of these scholarships can reach well into six figures – money that most students must pay for the education they receive.
With that said, there are circumstances under which college athletes should be compensated:
- Athletes should be compensated for their time when the university asks them to attend events not directly related to their athletic endeavors. For example, if the athlete is asked to appear at an alumni fundraiser to drive attendance and contributions at the fundraiser, he should be compensated for his time.
- Athletes should be allowed to profit if their name and/or image is marketable. Johnny Manziel was suspended 1/2 a game because he allegedly sold his autograph to an autograph broker. This is capitalism at work! If his name and/or image is marketable and the school isn’t damaged by the activity, he should be allowed to sell his autograph or image and be compensated for it. This principle should also apply to Olympic athletes.
- Athletes should receive a share of profits derived from the sale of licensed apparel and other items bearing their name or likeness.
- Athletes should be allowed to consult with agents or other professionals for these endeavors. There are sharks in these waters, therefore there should be a qualification process for such professionals to protect the student athlete and ensure legality and objectivity.
- If they don’t already, colleges and universities should have professionals on staff for the purpose of counseling and advising athletes and other students on how to deal with their new-found fame.
I am an enthusiastic fan of college athletics. We fans root for our teams in the same manner in which we root for our favorite professional sporting teams. College athletics generate millions of dollars for their schools, and when an institution is blessed with an athlete of Johnny Manziel’s ability, the income increases even more.
It’s time to review the rules. College athletics is big business. It’s time to let the athlete share in the profits. It’s time for change.