“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
In any game of sports, (likewise in business and ministry) you must not be complacent or rest on your oars.
If you think you’ve “arrived” or you’re a winner and become lackadaisical, you are simply beckoning to failure.
A few months ago, Tottehnam Hotspurs were 12 staggering points ahead of their north London rivals, Arsenal. But a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for both sides has resulted in the north London clubs swapping places. Many people were surprised about this but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
A few weeks ago, Barcelona were the favourites to win the Champions League. Many felt the Catalans possess several advantages over their European rivals. But today Chelsea has overtaken Barcelona. Therefore “let him who think he stands take heed lest he fall.”
Manchester City’s was at the top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day. By Easter, Manchester United was five points ahead of Man City. Today City is levelled with United.
Chelsea have spent most of their history in the top tier of English football. The past decade has been the most successful period in Chelsea’s history, capped by winning their first league and FA Cup “Double” in 2010. But right now, the Champions League finalist is struggling to remain in the top four position of the Premier League.
Most football fans thought Barcelona was standing, but they fell before the underdog – Chelsea at the Nou Camp.
Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing securely should watch out so he doesn’t fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)
This candid advice would apply to anyone in any field of endeavour. If you want to remain on the cutting edge of your career, you must continue to improve on your last performance.
Don’t rest on the rung of the ladder
The rung of a ladder is designed to be a step to propel you to another level. Don’t rest too long on the rung of a ladder. Let’s assume your current position represents the rung of your ladder. You should continually strive to move upward, get better and improve on your last performance.
See your present circumstances as the rung of a ladder; it is not your destination, but only a stepping stone or spring board that propels you to the next level. Don’t rest on the rung of your ladder.
Your past success could affect you
If you want to remain a winner, you must continue to work harder. Don’t allow your past achievements to stifle your creativity. Your past victories can motivate you to do better and it can also give you a false sense of security.
In the 1990s, Liverpool dominated both British and European soccer. This season, Liverpool has fallen down the pecking order in the Premier League and that means they are not in European Champions League next year.
Be on your guard
“Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.” (2 Peter 3:17)
If you want to remain a winner, you must be on your guard. If your current achievements make you think you are in a secure position – think again!
Whoever thinks he is standing securely should watch out
Whenever you hear of someone falling off their position, would you be humble enough to say, “It happened to him today, it may happen to me tomorrow.” Maybe you wouldn’t say that –when you hear of someone falling into grievous mistake or shocking indiscretion you probably say –”I’d never do that.” Well if you think you are infallible, think again. “Let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:13).
Newcastle was in the top four position of the Premier League in the 1990s, yet they fell so low that they were relegated to the lower league – Championship. In 2010 Newcastle got promoted back to Premier League and now they are competing for the top four positions again.
It is easy to criticise people who fail, especially when they fail in areas where you are strong. For example, it is easy for an experienced driver to be impatient with a learner who is struggling to stay focused whilst going through a driving lesson. But, remember, you were once a learner. Also, you may be a learner in something else and you would appreciate if someone is patient with you while struggle to improve your skill.
In 1995, Blackburn Rovers were Premier League Champions, but today it seems they are seeking to embrace relegation with both arms outstretched. Therefore, this clearly proves that anyone can fall. No one is infallible or exempted from error or failure.
Arrogance vs self-confidence
Self-confidence vs arrogance is a debatable issue because they can be mistaken for one another. You can become so arrogant and self-centred that you think you are doing well or ahead of others. You might not think you are arrogant; you might describe yourself as confident. There is nothing wrong with believing in yourself – that is confidence, but arrogance can keep you from staying humble and focused.
When you are arrogant, you feel superior to everyone else. You think you’re right and everybody else’s wrong – at all times. You are beyond reproach. Whatever anyone else says, if it agrees with what you say and believe, then it is okay, and if it does not agree, what others say is rubbish. You tend to focus on your strengths and you completely ignore your weaknesses.
You become amazingly boastful and you belittle the efforts of others, unless they completely agree with you. That’s arrogance – it can make you fall. “ Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”