The NFL draft is nothing if not entertaining.
I’ve enjoyed a weekend of NFL draft guessing and prognostication, taking it all in with a grain of salt. Even the experts miss on so many of their calls. I’d read that the very best studio personalities land accurately on only about 25% of their picks. And the inevitable post-draft grade assignments, which attempt to tell us how well each team did in choosing their players, are hilariously inaccurate even a year down the road. Despite all of this, you’ll find me watching the draft next year, yet again.
The Apostle Paul and public relations:
Experts do their best, and then they move on. I was thinking about that this past week, because I’ve been slowly reading the Book of Acts, and I started to ruminate over the Apostle Paul’s famous interaction in front of the Sanhedrin in chapter 23. He is being hauled before Jewish leaders to clarify and defend his actions in declaring Jesus as Lord, and it goes a little nutty. The high priest, Ananias, orders that Paul be slapped, and Paul responds by calling Ananias a “whitewashed wall”: It says, Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!” Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people’” (vs. 4-5).
The benefit of a short-term memory:
So, from a public relations point of view, Paul got off on the wrong foot, and he had to apologize. But what I find particularly interesting is that after his mistake he picked himself up and started on task again, strategically and aggressively defending the Gospel. Go ahead and read that chapter right now. It’s entertaining, and you’ll be encouraged. Paul had a short-term memory on his mistake, and he moved on. I can learn from that. I’ve had more whiffs than hits, and I’m better when I move on, forgetting what lies behind (Philippians 3:13). In the orb of the NFL draft I read this about former Green Bay Packers’ General Manager, Ron Wolfe. He is credited with building a Super Bowl champion team in the late 1990s). Once an anonymous fan asked him who the worst player he ever picked was. Wolfe’s response:
“I told him we don’t have enough time for that because there aren’t enough hours in the day. I said I can’t tell you because I don’t keep those things, I don’t remember. I’ve erased those things. I’m trying not to remember who was. Remember the good, not the bad…. You have to put that out of your mind. It’s kind of like playing cornerback. You don’t have a chance playing corner today in the NFL. You just have to put everything out of your mind. Every play is a new play, every day is a new day, every second is a new second. … You can’t dwell (on the bad picks). You’ve got to put them out of your mind.”