The national icon of Superbowl 49 starring a quarterback who is said to be the best the NFL has ever seen. A quarterback who is now accused of cheating for gain.
A dilemma to moms everywhere.
As a mom, I constantly reinforce, “Do the right thing and you will get the right result”, to my kids. I tell them to persevere. Even when failure seems to be lurking at every corner, a breakthrough will happen. But, you have to work to make it happen. Just don’t quit. Don’t even dream of taking the easy way out.
I know I’m not alone here. We all want our kids to succeed, but we want them to do so with character. Which means no easy road exists. Hard work and perseverance always pay off.
So when Tom Brady was allowed to win his 6th Superbowl ring in the midst of and undecided scandal, I wont lie when I say I was deeply disappointed.
He didn’t once deny that he had given the directive to have the ball deflated. He presented himself, polished as a politician, and gave vague answers as he sat in the hot seat of national media. Moments of awkward silence as he likely thought of his coached answers. The whole interview was uncomfortable to watch. The most uncomfortable part? Trying to reconcile how to explain that sometimes cheaters win to my kids whom I am working to raise with integrity.
The thing about cheating is that it can be done easily. Some times without recognition of the people who live and work the closest around you. A well placed secret between you and God that allows you to advance and appear to be someone you are not. Sometimes people catch on. Sometimes they don’t. But at the core of cheating is the heart of a liar. One who covers weakness to make others believe in a façade.
And as a mom, I do not want to participate in, nor imply that this behavior is ever okay to the little eyes that may be watching.
We live in a world that is fallen. It’s ruled by a prince who came to steal, kill and destroy. We are witness to this evidence of destruction everyday. The good news I that we await a king who will return to bring life and life in abundance. Peace in the midst of conflict. Hope in situations that seem hopeless.
Tom Brady may have his fancy new ring and a little slap on the hand for a bad decision. My beloved Michigan Wolverines may be able to brag about producing champion quality quarterbacks. But the truth will always be revealed.
Cheaters may sometimes win but the victory will be hollow and temporary. One day, we will have to give an account for our actions.
When we make the choice to live with integrity, even when no one is looking, then we can then walk with confidence. Never worried about something that can slip us up.
We can speak with boldness when we aren’t worried about covering our tracks or keeping our story straight.
Never give up. Do what is right. Confidently expect that right will win in the end. This is the message I will continue to reinforce to my kids, even when cheaters win.