“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3
Last week, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
I find it horribly ironic that Aaron Hernandez has a tattoo of these 10 two letter words. He said it was a favorite saying of his father. The 10 two letter words are; “If it is to be it is up to me”. In an interview several years ago, Aaron said – regarding the tattoo, “Whatever I want my life to be, it’s up to me… The life I want to live is all in my hands.” WOW!
How true do you think that quote is? Can everyone really choose to be whatever they want their life to be? Is my life totally up to me? If you have read Ecclesiastes – King Solomon’s philosophical rant on the meaning and meaningless of life – you would have to answer, “No, life is more complicated than that, it’s not all up to me.” Solomon said, (chapter 9, verse 11)…
The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
But, in another sense, there is some wisdom in those 10 two letter words tattooed on Aaron’s Hernandez’s arm. Because, though it cannot be entirely up to us, God does give us the ability to make choices that will affect how our brief life on this earth will be, as well as the life to follow. And, much of that depends on whether the life we choose to live “is all in [our] hands”, or we place our hands in God’s hands, and let Him lead. As the bumper sticker says…
If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!
Aaron Hernandez is a fool. He fits the classic definition of a fool which is; somebody considered to lack good sense or judgment. He had beaten the odds, having made it in the NFL. Less than 1 tenth of one percent of high-school football players will go on to be drafted into the NFL, let alone make the team.
The New England Patriots had just given him a five-year, $37.5 million contract extension. He threw it all away. I guess that was not what he wanted his life to be!
The jury found that he was just a man who committed a brutal murder. The District Attorney said after the verdict. “The fact that he was a professional athlete meant nothing in the end.”
So, how about you! What do you want your life to be? Whatever that is, it’s best to live your life acknowledging that it’s not all up to you. Commit your life to the Lord, whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.