Brett Favre (Brett Farve) has been a sports hero of mine. He has been a guy that is playing a game at the age of 40 and still has fun playing it. As many of y0u know he has recently had lawsuits against him for making illicit sexual comments to massage therapists. Granted this is all conjecture at this point because the lawsuits have just been started and I realize this country always presumes innocence and I do to… but since I want to use this as a teaching moment lets pretend Brett is guilty.
What do you think of this?
Does this move Brett from hero to zero in your mind?
I don’t think so. He is still my sports hero. Here is a guy that in his 40’s has now come face to face with his humanity and his humanity (may have) won! His status of being a sports hero is gone for many. I am sure he will try with all of his passion and energy to hang on to his sports idol status!
However, Brett Favre also has the greatest opportunity of his life. I hope he does not waste this opportunity! He now has an opportunity to be a real life hero…. not just a sports hero!
2 Cor 12:9-10 tells us
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I call this verse the pain to power principal. This scripture tells us as we embrace our fallen human nature (our pain, sin, and suffering) we see Christs power that was shown on the cross for us. This verse allows us to get “real” with who we are (fallen and broken) and to get real with who Jesus is and too see how great Gods glory of the cross was!!
Brett has a fantastic opportunity. He has an opportunity to get honest and transparent in ways with himself, his wife, and children in ways he has never been before. He can either make the best of this opportunity or he can waste it. I hope Brett becomes a real life hero (in humble ways) and embraces the pain to power principal!