Quarterback Commandment No. 6

May 6, 2009 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Quarterback Commandments | 6 Comments
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We are at the halfway point in our list of Bill Parcells’s 11 Quarterback Commandments to Tony Romo, and their spiritual applications.

Quarterback Commandment No. 6: Be the same guy every day – in condition, preparing to lead, studying your plan. A coach can’t prepare you for every eventuality. Prepare yourself and remember, impulse decisions usually equal mistakes.

Spiritual Application: Christian ministers, like good quarterbacks, need to be consistent, insistent, persistent, and resistant.

“Be the same guy everyday,” says Coach Parcells. We have discussed this principle before, from a Biblical perspective. Daniel, God’s faithful servant in Babylon, made it his habitual practice to pray three times every day. He had a consistency that kept him even-keeled and focused on God even when adversity hit like a ton of bricks.

Quarterbacks are team leaders. They are being watched all the time – by their own teammates, as well as their opponents. They are not allowed to “take a day off,” and just be “one of the guys.” The Apostle Paul and his ministry team were aware of this same scrutiny being applied to Christian ministers.

Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

I Thessalonians 2:10

Be the same guy every day = Be consistent.

Of all the things a quarterback must be prepared for, he must place an emphasis on leadership. There’s no real delicate way to say it: Quarterbacks, as leaders, tell other people what to do, and how to do it.

The same goes for Christian ministers.

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

I Thessalonians 2:11

Paul followed Jesus Christ. But he was not shy about insisting that the other Christians follow him as he followed Jesus.

Be prepared to lead = Be insistent.

A quarterback is often in the limelight, but as we’ve noted before, he has work to do even when no one else is watching.

Quarterbacks and Christian ministers both have “plans” to study. One studies his playbook. The other studies God’s Holy Book. Paul was keenly aware of his obligation not to deviate from the revealed Gospel, whether he was preaching in the daytime (in public) or at nighttime (in private). He was nothing if not persistent.

For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

I Thessalonians 2:9

Studying your plan = Be persistent.

Studying before a game or a battle is all well and good, but there will always be temptations in the heat of battle to act instinctively – to forget about the gameplan, hit the panic button, and improvise. Both quarterbacks and Christian ministers must beware of this impulse.

Paul expected the Christians at Thessalonica to do what they had been called to do (to walk worthy), even when persecution came.

That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

I Thessalonians 2:12

Quarterbacks must show trust in their teammates, and not try to carry the success of every play on their own shoulders alone. Christian ministers must resist the temptation to try to do God’s job for Him. We plan, we prepare, we study, we train, we exhort, admonish, and encourage. But, when the battle rages, we must trust God to enable His people to do what He has called them to do.

Impulse decisions usually equal mistakes = Be resistant.

Be consistent. Be insistent. Be persistent. Be resistant.

Christian quarterbacks must lead. Leading involves both training and trusting.

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