November 7, 2014- Don’t be a Ball Hog

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“A deaf ear is evidence of a closed mind” –John Maxwell

The term “ball hog” was a name we used growing up to describe someone who would never share the limelight with his teammates.  Once the ball got in his hands, you could count on him keeping it for awhile.  The “ball hog” made it his personal goal to score every time he touched the ball.  Rarely passing or seldom giving, the “ball hog” monopolized the game.

I have not only played with “ball hogs” throughout the years, I have also talked with them.  Have you ever talked with someone who controls and monopolizes the entire conversation?  (I am sure you are thinking of someone right now). Some people give very little opportunity to reply or respond while engaged in conversation with others.  Although this may come off as a habit or personality trait, it is nonetheless uncomfortable and oftentimes frustrating.  If not careful, the “ball hog” can seem self-absorbed and uninterested in what other people have to say.

The Bible challenges the “ball hog” with these convicting words, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19).  There is a reason why God gave us two ears and one mouth.  Let’s pass the ball around from time to time and give someone else the opportunity to score.


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