It’s been an interesting week in the world of football. America watched as Peyton Manning chose to go to Denver, rather than Tennessee…or any other team. It was honestly disappointing, because I’m a Peyton fan, having watched him as a University of Tennessee player.
I felt sorry though, thinking of what it meant for current Tennessee Titans quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck. Reading THIS article in The Tennessean was difficult, because I felt his pain. Yes, he handled it with class (I understand he’s a committed believer), but he knows he was second choice in quarterbacks. As strong as he is as a Christian and man, I’m certain it still hurt. It may have hurt even worse for his family.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“This is Peyton Manning,” Hasselbeck said Thursday.
“There were no guarantees I was going to be back,” he said. “If Peyton Manning had come to Tennessee, you know, I wouldn’t be playing for the Titans next year and that would’ve been unfortunate in my mind. My family and I have fallen in love with Nashville.
“But at the end of the day, I get it with the Peyton thing.”
I get it with the Peyton thing, also, Matt.
I get it, but it still hurts.
Have you ever been second choice?
The reality is Hasselbeck is still a good quarterback. In fact, of all the people in the world, Hasselbeck is a great quarterback. One of the best if you compare it in sheer numbers. Compare him to me (or you) and how good is he? Pretty good, huh?
But Hasselbeck is not Peyton.
And, guess what?
I’m no Andy Stanley when it comes to preaching either.
I’m not Matt Chandler when it comes to dissecting a Bible passage.
I’m not John Maxwell when it comes to leadership.
Let’s be honest, if I ever write a really good post people think I stole it from Seth Godin.
The point I’m making is that in our system of comparison we may not measure up to someone else. There will always be someone who can do something better than we can do it.
We can even argue about who is “best”.
But, I’m not sure that’s the best method of comparison.
The good news for me is that God doesn’t measure like the world measures. (1 Samuel 16:7)
In the eyes of the world, I’m probably not an expert at anything.
In the eyes of God, I’m an expert at being me.
Have you been trying to be someone you’re not?