The Power Switch

PLAYING soccer (or football, as it’s referred to in some parts) in real life is vastly different to playing it with a controller in your hand.

FIFA _______ (insert whatever particular year in the space), by Electronic Arts (EA) continues to dominate the landscape of soccer games on various platforms.

Sports games involving teams must be difficult to program because unlike baseball or cricket in which sides take turns, team sports are continuous and gameplay relies on players being able to switch between offense and defense each time ball possession changes.

When it does, the controls change. The kick button becomes a tackle and the pass becomes a jostle, or whatever.

What is actually switching is control, or power, if you like.

It’s a good feeling to be charging down the field with the ball at your feet, putting on a burst of speed, doing a few tricks, and aiming to missile it towards the goal box.

It’s a different story when the opposition is tearing away with the ball and you’re floundering to get back in time, frantically switching between players hoping to take control of the one nearest the ball in order to steal it or at least get in the other team’s way a bit.

It’s easy to feel in control when we have power; when we are captain of the team; the oldest in the group; the biggest on the field; know the most about a project; or are the boss.

Our attitude, like the game controls, tend to change when the soccer boot is on the other foot and we have to take orders or do as instructed.

There are different positions/tasks with different levels of responsibility but that doesn’t mean the person has to change.

Jesus was both the most powerful person on earth and yet the most humble. He knew how to serve and be served.

He would have been a good boss to work for, not that He ever owned a business.

We are to respect the authority of those who have it.

They’ve been put into their position for a purpose, perhaps one they can’t even see.

We need to be sure we don’t undermine or aim to make their life tougher than it already is.

On the other hand, there will probably come a time when we are in charge of someone or something, or even a group of someones or somethings.

Snobby or rude bosses never get the best from their team.

In the FIFA games particularly, it’s a temporary power shift. Sometimes it can switch rapidly in a matter of seconds.

Life may grant and strip power as swiftly as that.

Don’t get attached to where you are. If you’re at the top, be mindful it may not be forever.

If you’re keeping your head down as a willing worker, know that at some point you may have to rise up in order to serve a bigger purpose and share the load.

The next time you’re mashing away at the control pad or keyboard trying to get your team over the line or the ball in the back of the net or in the basket, keep in mind how the control of power switches.

Remember this when you have to lead a group or be led by someone. Be conscious of when that power switch occurs.

It’ll pay to consult God about the best way to handle it.


“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 12:2.


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