Over the past few days, the hot story in the NFL has been that the comeback story of Michael Vick has another chapter in it. On Monday, Vick was given a six year, $100 million deal by the Philadelphia Eagles. He now has a home for the next couple of years and after his MVP season and his off-the field actions against dogfighting, we at Jesus N Sports wish Michael Vick the best of luck in his NFL career. Also, the book he is publishing Finally Free is not available in bookstores yet, but we will let you know when it is.
Yesterday, I was reading a column by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King on SI.com and it was talking about Vick going back to his alma mater Virginia Tech. His name was brought up by another former Hokie QB Tyrod Taylor. Taylor was drafted by the Ravens in April and it appears he will backup Joe Flacco for the 2011 season. Vick worked out in Virginia Beach with Taylor over the summer and Taylor told him that he idolizes Vick and wants to learn from him.
This is what Vick replied back: “Don’t idolize me,” Vick told Taylor.”Follow me, watch me, but brand yourself, Tyrod.”: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/08/30/mailbag/index.html#ixzz1WdwOfFn4
I applaud Michael Vick for telling him that because that is something he would not have said about five years ago. I think Taylor had a bad word choice there because when we are Christians, we should not have any idols. Instead, we should look to people to help us on our walk with Christ.
Vick is doing the right thing by sharing his skills with Taylor and he is telling him to be a light for other people and make his own brand. Jesus tells us that during the Sermon on the Mount “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Today, I exhort you to not look to someone else as your “idol”. You can have a role model, but the Lord told Moses on Mount Sinai that we should not worship any other gods but Him. If you are in that situation, do what Vick