ONE COACH: How to deal with a Bad Call

Former Tulsa mens basketball coach Doug Wojcik, right, argues his point to official Tom O'Neill during the first half of their quarterfinal game against UAB during the Conference USA men's basketball tournament in 2008. (Photo Courtesy: AP Photo/Bill Waugh https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode

“Hey, Ref!” That was a bad call. Can’t you see?””That was a foul! Blow your whistle.” “Travel? I didn’t travel. And I didn’t step out of bounds last time either.”

Have you ever heard comments like that while watching or playing a game? Maybe you’ve said or yelled something similar. While playing in a church league basketball game, I heard those exact words and more. Every single call was argued, and both sides were growing tense. We were not setting a very good example for those watching, and we certainly were not pleasing God with our actions.

In Philippians 4, God didn’t have to Paul say, “Do everything without arguing, except while playing sports because those refs make bad calls.” No. God says do everything without arguing. No exceptions.

The next time you’re watching a game or even playing in one, remember God’s command to do everything without complaining or arguing. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel and how much more fun the game will become.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.” Philippians 2:14

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