Our family is pretty big basketball fans. Even my girlie, cheerleader daughter has her opinions on players and loves watching–most of the time. I am more of a college basketball fan, loving every minute of the Final Four. But now that the NBA playoffs are on, so is our television, non-stop, game after game. All I can say about that is: Go Spurs Go! (but we all know it’s rigged, anyway.)
The entire nations basketball fun of hoping their team has been picked by the gamblers to win this year was temporarily ruined by the Donald Sterling Scandal. In case you don’t know, or care about the NBA, I will bring you up to speed. Donald Sterling is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. His net worth is $1.9 BILLION—yes Billion. Not only does he own the team, he has convinced himself he owns the players. He made horrible racist statements that, in my opinion, were leaked by his mistress to most likely get back at him for not divorcing his wife so that she could have his BILLIONS. Yes, Billions.
As a result, the NBA has banned him for life from any NBA activity ever, he has to pay $2.5 million (a drop in the bucket) and he is forced to sell his team. His nasty remarks offended people who most likely once called him “friend”. The very people who play basketball for him were insulted. The night those comments came out to the public, his team lost big. And here is why:
No matter how much money you make, or don’t. No matter what your background, your nationality, your race, your gender…words matter.
As a counselor I’ve worked with so many victims of abuse who have been bruised and battered. Those wounds have healed, but what lingers are the words, the hurtful, hateful words that the enemy uses to taunt and torture. Words have tremendous power:
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:21
Sterling’s words brought death, to himself and to other’s. But something that is even scarier is that the words we say are a reflection of what is within is.
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart… Matthew 15:18
Is your heart full of hate like Billionaire Donald Sterling?
Is your heart full of unforgiveness, making you sarcastic and cynical?
Is your heart full of gratitude, allowing you to give of your time and treasure to those who need it?
Is your heart full of love, showing comopassion and love to those around you?
Not sure?! Spend some time reflecting on what you said to your family today, or your co-workers or friends yesterday. Once your words have been spoken, the power of life and death or unleashed. Donald Sterling may have been banned and fined, but what’s worse is living knowing that his heart is filled with hate and entitlement. His consequence is minimal compared to the irreversable damage already done.
Live with no regrets, speak life.
Thoughts? Let me know!
LG|LP Tiff ❤