This is a popular saying where I live. This is a quote that was said by Coach Belichick of the New England Patriots, which has since become more of a mantra than just a simple quote. Those who are fans of the Patriots have embraced this mantra and it gets used quite often during each football season.
Now, I’m not necessarily a fan of the Patriots myself…but I don’t hate them either. I’m a Denver Broncos fan through and through, and that won’t change. However, since I am a fan of football I can respect the Patriots and their success over the years. So while I’m not a fan, I’m not a hater either (just needed to make that clear since most people think I hate the Patriots).
Going beyond just football though, I will say that this quote is one I really like. I love the simplicity of this quote, yet at the same time the depth of it as well. It is simple in that it’s a simple concept…do your job. If you have a job that you are supposed to be doing, then do it. Simple really.
Yet it’s also a deep quote at the same time. It’s deep in that it’s a quote that can continually make you think and can constantly challenge you. It’s also deep in that it was stated with regards to football, but can be applied in all areas of life. Simple quote, deep meaning.
I was thinking about this quote this morning. Last night I had watched a Patriots game, so I’m sure that’s why it was on my mind. But I wasn’t thinking about football specifically when I was thinking through this quote. Rather, I was reading a passage of scripture that I read each morning to get my day started off right…and while I was reading that passage, this quote was prominent in my mind.
The passage I was reading was Colossians 3:1-17…
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I love this passage of scripture. I began reading this passage every morning a little over a year ago, the same time that everything in my life was falling apart and being ripped away from me, and I was seeking guidance for how I was supposed to be acting, reacting, and continuing to live righteously in the midst of everything. And even though I’ve read it almost every single day for over a year, I have not grown tired of it or run out of things to learn and be challenged from it. This passage is alive and active in my heart and mind on a daily basis, proving once again that God’s Word is truly living and active (Hebrews 4:12).
This passage speaks directly to what it looks like to live as a Follower of Christ. It in a sense tells us what our “job” is…it shares what our focus should be on, those things that we should avoid in this life that can pull us away from living for God, and lists several character traits that should be true of those who are a Follower of Christ.
Here’s a bit more of the quote/mantra…it gives more understanding to the context of this quote.
There’s a lot of distractions out there, a lot of voices that are saying things to us, and a lot of chances to stop focusing on what we need to be doing and instead focus on what does not help us move forward and do our job as we should. Be it in football or in any other area of life, distractions and voices and noise and focus-changing instances are everywhere.
As Followers of Christ, we must take serious our calling to live righteously in this life, not allowing the things of this world to steal our focus or distract from seeking to live for God. But it’s not always easy. It will be a constant battle to stay focused on living for God and not getting distracted by everything else around us…it’s a battle we must take seriously so we don’t allow the distractions and voices of this world to take over our hearts and minds.
No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. (2 Timothy 2:4-5)
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
The Bible challenges us over and over to live righteously, staying focused on God and seeking to live our life for him. May we as Followers of Christ take that challenge seriously in our lives. May we fight to ignore the distractions and voices and noises in this life that can cause our focus to shift. May we keep our eyes on God, focusing on him and seeking to live for him in this life.
*both of the pictures used in this post were taken from public domain on google, they do not belong to me*