Welcome to “Athlos” a weekly blog which examines pillars of personal excellence and regularly brings together the worlds of Christian spirituality and sport.
Talking that taunts
“Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side said. “What are they building-even a fox climbing on it would break down their wall of stones!“-Nehemiah 4:3
Talking with your actions
Over 15 years ago, Caribbean gospel minister, Rizon, wrote a song called “Reach” which became popular both on the Christian and secular airwaves such was the power of its uplifting message. In the chorus, the words “Let them talk, let them talk” are sung as a response to naysayers whose words seek to pull down ambitious persons from realizing their purpose. The message in “Reach” still has relevance today.
Just last week, a fascinating cricket match between England and New Zealand ended with the closest possible margin of victory: one run! One of New Zealand’s stars was Neil Wagner, whose wickets and catches helped to turn the match on its head. The beauty of the story though was that in the previous game, Wagner’s bowling took quite a beating, prompting people to start questioning whether it was time for him to hang up his boots. Yes, people were talking.
Wagner also did some talking. However, it was with his actions. Whatever mental strength was needed to go from zero to hero, he rose to the occasion when his team most needed him. What he did spoke more loudly than anything he could say.
Perhaps you have recently had some “small talk” around you, persons with no agenda other than to discourage, deflate or distract you from your calling. Maybe there is a Tobiah in your space, like in Nehemiah 4:3 above, who say things to make you doubt that your goals can be achieved. I say to you “let them talk, let them talk!” You have, by grace, the ability to fulfill your God-given potential and to shine brilliantly in your spheres of influence. Faith can triumph over fear. Positive actions can defeat negative words. The final say does not rest with the other person. It will always be your call.
Talk that silences
There is a type of talk that silences unhelpful criticism. It’s called exemplary living.
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