Great exchange from Airplane,
“Maybe we oughta turn on the search lights now?” Rex Kramer’s response, “No, that’s just what they’ll be expecting us to do.”
Who knew this classic line could have such real life applications. I find myself quoting it often. It serves as a great reminder: do the right thing instead of simply doing what you think others are expecting you to do. The key there is that God provides the definition of what is the right thing and I cannot take it upon myself to alter it. Otherwise, it’s a healthy exercise to always ask why and to figure out who you’re trying to please: self, others, or God.
Maybe I see myself as a poster boy for “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, refusing to conform to superficial expectations. Living for God does not require that we look or sound a certain way. I dress like a bum, talk like a hillbilly, and rarely shave (and I’m probably guilty of intentionally making it too easy for others to misjudge me by appearances). Maybe in the same way we judge our youth by their appearances?
You can’t see someones heart by looking at their hair, clothes, tattoos, or nose rings.
Or in this case, by their loud shoes and socks. First impression as a coach: you’re not wearing those loud colors that scream “look at me!” like a Chad Johnson touchdown celebration. Teams should match (why?……ok, just because Bobby Knight is rolling over in his grave and he’s not dead yet……ok not a good reason). OK, these are acceptable, because I do know these young men, and I do get a glimpse of their heart each time we’re together to practice or play.
Character, integrity, and intelligence cannot be measured by outward appearance.
And life is just too short to worry about matching.