“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).
No one said it would be easy.
A police lieutenant told me why he could never live the Christian life. “I have to be tough in this line of work. I have to use language that would peel the bark off a hickory tree in order to make myself understood to the people I deal with. I couldn’t do that as a Christian.”
Perhaps he needs to take a lesson from Kobe Bryant, the retired great of the L. A. Lakers, and Demario Davis of the New Orleans Saints.
According to an article in USA Today (December 19, 2018), Demario Davis lives by the code found in Kobe Bryant’s book. “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” explains how Bryant adopts an aggressive personality, one different from his normal self, when he walks onto the basketball court.
Get that? Become someone else once you don the armor. Become a warrior who takes no prisoners. Then, later, showered and dressed, you return to the Clark Kent persona.
Most of us might have trouble pulling that off.
Demario Davis, who plays for the New Orleans Saints, told the reporter how that works out for him. “For me, it’s like, I have to ask for forgiveness for what I’m about to do on the field. And then when I’m coming in off the field, I’m asking forgiveness for what I just did on the field, because you have to go to a killing mentality. A Mamba Mentality.”