Humans. We are prideful beings aren’t we? My pastor once said that a truly humble person would be nearly impossible to argue with. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never met someone like that.
Pride. This is the epitome of human nature. And I feel like Americans are viewed as the epitome of this epitome.
A few weeks ago, I went to the United States Men’s Soccer Team play Guatemala. (It was epic in case you care. 😉 ) Now soccer fans, especially American soccer fans, are rowdy, rowdy people. And this game was no different. The game was at the home stadium of Columbus Crew SC, and Ethan Finlay, a forward for Crew SC, got a call-up for this USMNT game. Late in the second half, the fans started getting restless, chanting his name, hoping that Jurgen Klinsmann would find the heart to let him play in front of his home crowd. And sure enough, he did. The familiar voice of the announcer came on saying “Substitution for the USA, Ethan Finlay replaces…” and that’s all I heard. The stadium absolutely lost it.
Can you imagine that feeling? Having a crowd of 20,000 people chant your name, and lose their minds when you come in? Then, his day got even better about ten minutes later.
Finlay’s speed along with a beautiful pass from a teammate gave him a break away with only the goalie to beat. He cuts back and shoots near post, bringing the score to 5-0. The place came unglued. Everyone was screaming, shaking each other, bursting with pride at the site of “our boy” representing his country in such a magnificent way. Because of all this noise, no one heard the whistle.
I’m not going to bore you with what it means, but in soccer their is an offside rule that can cause a scored goal to be revoked. And Ethan was a victim of that that night. Watching it back later, he most surely was not, and everyone knew it. So his goal didn’t count. But he can forever say that he unofficially scored his first international goal in front of his home crowd.
Seeing this unfold made me wonder; do Americans take pride in themselves, or in each other? That stadium was genuinely and tenaciously proud of Ethan that night. And yes, humans are prideful, and most of the time it is in ourselves. However, the stereotype of Americans being more prideful than most kind of seems wrong to me. I’m not saying all Americans are only prideful in others. In fact, we all take pride in ourselves. I just think we, more than most, take pride in each other, wrongly creating the basis for the stereotype.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I feel having pride in each other isn’t a bad thing. We should encourage each other and lift each other up, and feel pride when we see each other do great things.
So this week, I challenge you to encourage others. And if you need to take pride in something, do it not in yourself, but in those you have encouraged, and others in general.
Also, I challenge you (and myself) to do these things in a humble manner. Lift a good attitude up as a sacrifice to God, and keep it pure. Do good deeds for Him and not for yourself. This is something I know I struggle with, and I think most of us do. Have a good week, much love. 🙂
Lots of love,