Who's on Your O-line?
Many may be asking what is an O-line Quinika? An O-line stands for the offensive line in football. It is made up of five players and their job is to protect the quarterback. It amazes me to watch a quarterback go up to his line, tell them the play and watch the o-line get into their stance to protect THEIR quarterback. After the quarterback gives the play he steps back confidently knowing that his line is going to protect him from the defense. As I watched time and time again I started to think who’s my O-line. Who are the people in my life that line up plays after play as I try and reach my goals in life? Who speaks the truth even when I don’t want to hear it? Who blocks the negativity and defends me when I don’t even know it? Who do I contribute these same things to? Whose o-line am I on?
As I began to think of my o-line I couldn’t help but be thankful for every one of them. I also wanted to make sure that I was being the best offensive lineman for my friends. You see we were meant to have an inner circle of people that we can trust and know they'll defend and help us throughout life (play after play). Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:19 (NIV) “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” For the quarterback and the team to be successful he as to communicate with his O-line. We must do the same with our inner circle. We have to tell them our goals, where we need help, and encouragement so that they can help us effectively. When you know you have someone on your side it gives you confidence. This takes a true test of trust which can be easier said than done sometimes. I know sometimes I feel like I can just do it by myself, I don't need to tell anyone what I'm going through or need help with. That's not the right way to think because the quarterback cannot do it alone, he needs his team to be successful.
Next, I asked what does it take to be on the O-line? It takes being loving, humble and strong. You want to know why, because it takes thinking of the interest and needs of someone before yourself. For some odd reason, that’s not easy for everyone lol. In Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV) it says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." This verse reminded me of a story my brother told me about All-Pro Center Jason Kelce. He gave a speech at the Eagles super bowl parade this year (cool fact: I LOVE THE EAGLES!!!! FLY EAGLES FLY). During his whole speech, he named off members of the team that were counted out throughout the season and how they still overcame despite it. He was fired up as he defended his gm, coach, and teammates. Every time he named someone the camera would get a close shot of their reaction and it was priceless. They looked shocked and happy like "that's my best friend lol." They had a common goal and they accomplished it together. It made me think man I want this guy on my team. That’s what we all need on our o-line, a friend that’s fired up about all that we have and will do. They're going to be there through the good and bad, you want to know why?? Because they know your heart and the hard work you put in day in and day out to get where you are. In Galatians 6:2 (NIV) its states, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” I want that, and I want to be that for someone else. I want to carry their burdens and stand in agreement that we’re not going to give up, we're going to accomplish our goals together. On the team of friendship there’s not just one quarterback, we rotate. When someone needs more help, they'll go to the quarterback position. This is so we as friends can help, agree with them, stand in the gap, and give them time to focus and execute. Just remember, caring for the interest of someone else makes you a winner. When we walk in this together we'll accomplish our goals, and no one will be left behind. When one wins, we all win. I’ll leave you with this verse from Ecclesiastes 4:12(MSG): “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”
Whose o-line are you on?