Insiders can really make a difference in explaining things that the general population doesn’t know or understand very well.
This past week I watched an NFL game on TV; the colour commentator was Tony Romo.
For those who don’t have a clue who Romo is, he just retired as quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. You could definitely consider him an insider to the game of football.
For most of his life he’s lived and breathed football. Most of his waking hours found him playing or thinking about the game.
It was his job.
Now it’s his job to give insight to the viewers into what’s happening on the field.
Romo is amazing at it! He gives insights into what the offence and coaches are thinking and going to do next. He provides information – almost like a guru – on how a defence needs to react to the play that’s being called.
And he lets you in on what is going through the head of the quarterback as he calls plays and stands behind the center, ready to receive the ball.
He is amazing at his job! – did I say that already?
I found myself totally into the game he was calling, watching for what he was predicting was going to take place. The game I watched was such a blowout, however, that in the fourth quarter the network switched the telecast to another game.
I was more disappointed to miss Tony Romo’s insider information than I was to see the end of the game.
Football is not the only place we have insiders, though. It seems like there are insiders in every walk of life, speaking to almost everything that takes place.
Sometimes those insiders only give us gossip that may or may not be true … but it sure seems like it’s correct when they are telling us.
There are also insiders who speak about things even though they don’t seem to fit the insider model … like when a movie star gives his or her political, moral or religious view about something.
For some reason they come across as insiders even on topics that aren’t their field of expertise.
For someone to be a real insider, he or she needs to have some kind of experience or learning, or even better – both.
Like Tony Romo – he immersed himself in football from a young age and continued to learn and play the game through high school, college and at the professional level.
When you hear him call a game, you know he didn’t just play a position; he has studied the game and knows it inside out.
He’s an expert … That’s what an insider really is – someone who has so thoroughly immersed him or herself in something that he or she gives amazing insights.
Romo is a good reminder to me to be particular about who I consider an insider: someone I want to take commentary from and believe it to be the truth.
Here’s the thing: If you have faith in Jesus Christ, you are an insider because you have experienced something that changed your life. You know something that many people don’t know about and have not experienced. But you will only show yourself to be an insider if you immerse yourself in your faith. You have to be a student of God’s. Learn God’s word, read it, study it, memorize verses. Then when the game is on, you can give insights that will truly enlighten, amaze, and help.
Question: What are you an insider to? Leave your comments below.