earnestly contending for the faith

What did you say God called you to do?

She walked up to him—hands on hips, chin jutted out. You could tell by the disapproving look on her face there was going to be trouble.

“Okay, I believe this has gone far enough,” she said. “You are so mean. Don’t you even realize how you sound? Always condemning. Pushing people around. I’ve never met anyone so judgmental and criticizing.”

“But this is what I do,” he replied, as he removed his hat and wiped his forehead. “I was born for this. I know what I’m doing.”

“Well, I know what you’re doing too. You’re bullying people. You should be more loving and kind. And it would be helpful if you had a more positive attitude. Lift people up, not put them down all the time. Have some fun. Be happy and make someone else happy.”

“I like to do that, but I can’t get through to anyone. You don’t understand. I have to tell them the truth. They need to know when they’re thinking wrong. If there isn’t a standard that they can measure themselves by they will be defeated.”

“But look at my friends and me. We don’t go around griping and pointing out people’s flaws. We have fun, we smile, and we inspire people to be positive. If we behaved like you, people would really become discouraged. You need more love and certainly more compassion. You need to be more uplifting like us and not so doom and gloom.”

“Okay, but there’s just one big difference between your responsibility and mine,” he said. He put his hat back on, pulled it down tight like he always wore it. “You’re a cheerleader and I’m the coach.”

With that he ran toward the team that was standing around on the field and shouted, “Okay, boys—break’s over. Let’s line up and get the play right this time. Mess it up and I’ll make you run ‘til you drop.”

If you feel that God has called you to be a cheerleader, try not to tell the watchman how to do his job.


  1. Interesting take on this….I feel like I am a watchman on the wall and God has called me to spread truth so that people will know the Truth and they will be set free from the lies and deception out there. We have more of it than ever…..sad.
    I pray daily for our nation and our world. God is our only hope in the long run and the short run.

    • Watchman I have come to understand are not tolerated in today’s church environment. We had to leave the Free Church my great grandfather helped start in the late 1800s because I am also called to be a watchman.

  2. Rhonda Williams

    April 12, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Very, very good analogy here. Thank you so much. I always look forward to your posts.

  3. “To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” Jeremiah 6; 10
    “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” 14
    “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
    Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
    Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
    Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
    To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.” 16-20

    “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
    1 Thessalonians 5; 3

    ” Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the Lord had shewed me.” Ezekiel 11; 25

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