Get in the Game // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Life is not a spectator sport! You were made to get in the game.

Think of this when you watch the fourth quarter Super Bowl: On the field, there are twenty two people who desperately need rest — and around the world, there are 138 million people viewers who desperately need exercise!

In the game of life, we need to move from stands and onto the fields.

Unfortunately, we have evolved into a culture of spectators. Nielsen Media Research reports the average American household has the television on for more than eight hours a day.

When we’re glued to the tube, we’re not really living. Instead, we’re just spectating.

Perhaps the recent rise in “reality” television programs is due to our willingness to settle for less than living. We would rather “watch” life than live it ourselves.

The spectator syndrome leads us to watch adventures rather than have adventures — to watch heart-touching romance, rather than being romantic — to watch others solve problems, while we allow our own problems to go on un-addressed.

You were not created to sit around in the grandstands of life. Your job is not to be the audience — but to participate in the drama.

Maybe the reason why we fail to fully engage is because life requires effort. For instance, it’s a lot easier to sit in the easy boy chair and boo than to attempt to score a touchdown.

As Teddy Roosevelt said so eloquently: “It is not the critic who counts, not that man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doers of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

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