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A Moment That Changes Everything

There is something in the mindset of people that longs for notoriety, fame, and the recognition of others.  On a small scale, it may be the braggart in one’s family that is stuck on telling everyone daily of what great things he/she is doing or has done.  We all love praise. All of us appreciate a kind word, compliments, or a word of appreciation.  And, on the national or global stage, athletes, entertainers, musicians, politicians delight in the fact that masses gather to hear them, buy their music or books, and get a photo or autograph with them.

As with all things, the larger one’s influence, the more pain is caused when the influential individual has a moment when they lose self-control.  There is always someone watching and hoping to find a “chink in the armor” to bring down a super-star. 

I can mention a few names that made it to the top and are remembered for a “moment in time” more than all of the good that was done in their lifetime.  If I were to mention Richard Nixon, your mind immediately goes to Watergate. If the name is Bill Clinton, you think of Monica Lewinski.  Should I speak of Matt Lauer, Charlie Sheen, or Michael Vick, you would immediately think of their demise due to moral indiscretion or a very despicable deed.

The Bible warns us that we are to be watchful because Satan would love to bring down those that are admired and who influence others. When you think about it, that is all of us at some level with family, friends, and co-workers.  Ephesians 5:15-17 15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise— 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.  1 Peter 5:8Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  1 John 1:6-7 – If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final is chiefly remembered for a single incident. Zinedine Zidane was the greatest soccer player of his generation, and his stellar career yielded many personal triumphs and accolades, and he was well-decorated with his achievements, not least a World Cup winner’s medal in 1998. He received plaudits for his goal that won the 2002 Champions League Final here in Europe, widely regarded as the best goal the final has ever witnessed.

The 2006 World Cup Final was his last game. The stage was set for him to showcase his supremacy one last time, and for him to bring the curtain down majestically in the showpiece final. What possessed him to head-butt an opponent, resulting in his being sent off in disgrace, potentially costing France the World Cup (they lost on penalties without him) has never been fully established.

Although his reputation is now being restored via his exploits as a manager, his lack of self-control inflicted some serious damage, and he is now often remembered for one moment of indiscretion.   (Copied).