Overconfident Games

If there’s anything that sets up the twisted games I’ve previously mentioned, it’s the Overconfident game. How?

As a kid, I remember standing in an open lot and taking a baseball bat to hit stones. I would imagine myself being Al Kaline, Rocky Colavito, Charley Maxwell, Norm Cash – all home run hitters on the 1960 Detroit Tigers team. There’s nothing wrong with imagining who you can be like.

Did you know we operate with images in our minds? They provide powerful energy to accomplish what we want to do or be. The problem comes when we distort who we think we are by using images to reflect something confidence was never intended to be – Overconfident.

It’s amazing what a person will do to protect their overconfident images. This person quits on anything that threatens their mental self-portrait. In truth, the overconfidence hides their fear of failure not because of failure per se, but because the failure exposes them as nothing more than anyone else!

Before my father came to know Jesus Christ in a personal way, his heroes or images were Baby Face Nelson, Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd – criminals – and look out if anyone resists.

Overconfidence is the poster child for entitlement issues. All twisted games rest on this cornerstone image of being different and better than anyone. How dangerous and arrogant do you think that is?

Once, a commercial from Canon featuring Andre Agassi used to say Image Is Everything. Is it possible to pursue excellence to our last breath and still not live off some distorted image which really expects more out of others than we’re committed to deliver ourselves? Yes!

Jesus taught us about commonality. He left the glory of heaven and became flesh just like us. He made himself a servant and didn’t quit on us when things got tough – like on the cross.

To mind this gap, we can pursue excellence; remember we’re all made of the same mud; ask for help when we need it and stay out of any self-imposed isolation or fantasy world which has no accountability for the images of who we think we are. And like Jesus, serve others out of love. How can anyone live overconfident when we remember Jesus?

What images come to mind when you see this game being played with others or yourself?