Outdoing One Another

We will start this post out with a little Jeopardy question that goes like this.

Me: “I would like NBA for 1000, Alex.”

Alex T: “Gary Payton, Reggie Miller, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley were all notorious for this.”

Me: “What is trash talking?”

Ah, yes, trash talking- truly a lost art amongst today’s athletes.  The idea of getting into an opponent’s head and affecting their play takes pure genius.  Trash talking comes from being competitive and wanting to win.  Growing up playing basketball as a vertically challenged, slow white kid, I needed an edge somewhere.  Running my mouth gave me that edge.  Although, if you can’t back up what your “preachin”, you quickly find yourself sitting out of a lot of pickup games.  I even carried my trash talking into my adult years.  In fact, I almost came to fisticuffs with a pastor’s son during a church league softball game once (see the classic Tim Wilson song, “Church League Softball Fist Fight”).  I even trashed talked my own son during backyard basketball games.

So, you are probably thinking doesn’t trash talking kind of go against the Bible and the teachings of Christ?  Well, kind of sort of. But, in I Kings 18, Elijah trash talks the prophets of Baal pretty hard.  And, when you get to the Gospels, Jesus wasn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with the Pharisees.  I also think the Apostle Paul liked trash talking.   In some of his writings, the Apostle Paul showed his competitive side by making references to different types of competition (see I Corinthians 9:24-25, 2 Timothy 4:7 and Ephesians 6:12).

However, one verse that gets overlooked that Paul challenges us into a competition is Romans 12:10, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  What, did Paul just lay down a challenge?  Yes, he did.  His challenge is to, “Outdo one another in showing honor.”  In today’s culture, we are conditioned and taught to take advantage and tear down the other person.  God’s instruction is to honor and lift up your brother and sister.  And, they should try to outdo you by showing you honor.  What would our homes be like if each of us tried to “outdo the other in showing honor”?  Who has the Holy Spirit put on your mind to honor today?

Romans 12:10 ESV
“Love one another with brotherly affection.  Outdo one another in showing honor”.

Heavenly Father, show me who I can lift up and bring honor to today.  In Christ’s name, Amen

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