I always wonder why sports announcers are frequently ex-athletes. Watching a game only increases the questions. Wasn’t anybody else interested in the job? Don’t they have minimum qualifications for the role? Is it impossible to find someone who can actually talk intelligently? It seems that there was nobody else. Otherwise, why would they choose these particular individuals? Were these the drivers that could not drive anymore? Don’t successful tennis players have something to do with their lives? Is it possible that that mature announcers actually competed on the world stage in track and field?
Most of the time, you simply watch and wonder. It is as if the statement that “a proverb quoted by fools is limp as a wet noodle” (Proverbs 26.7) is playing out before your senses. Some competitors are stunned into silence by the nature of the questions. Others are led into blubbering about something nobody can understand. On rare occasions you catch a glimpse into the competitive mind.
It is in that rare moment that you understand what people who have been there bring to the occasion. They have done the stuff that allows them to wear a ring of authority. It is far more than just words and conversation, any fool can do that. Get out and deliver! Then your words have meaning.
This observation rarely stops at sports and broadcasting. Who writes the most books on parenting? Those who do not have kids! Who talks the most about what you should do? Those that are secretly failing on every point he or she is demanding adherence to. News reports continue to reveal those who have not been able to walk the walk they propose for others. Some label this as hypocrisy; I say welcome to the human race.
The thread cannot stop there. This is a mantra we carry in all things, in all relationships. We walk together, we struggle on. Please share what you see of God! I will share what I can. Unless we are in a boat together we are merely fools in the process of drowning.