Roger Staubach is most famously known for his achievements as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970’s. During his career, he was a six-time pro bowler and led his team to two Super Bowl Championships, one of which he was the Super Bowl MVP. Staubach admitted at one point how challenging it was to be the quarterback and yet never call his own plays. Coach Landry sent every play. Landry told him when to pass and when to run, and he was expected to follow this. Even though Coach Landry was thought to have a “genius mind” when it came to football, pride made obedience difficult for Staubach. Despite this fact, Staubach later confessed, “I faced up to the issue of obedience. Once I learned to obey, there was harmony, fulfillment, and victory.”
This could not be truer in the Christian walk as well. It’s no secret that selfish and worldly desires are contrary to God’s (Titus 2:11-12). People want to do whatever makes them happy and pride constantly gets in the way. Sometimes bulldozers and dump trucks are needed to load up a person’s pride in an attempt to move it aside for the Lord. When Staubach learned obedience to Coach Landry’s decisions, the results were great. Like Staubach, once we learn to obey the Lord, the result will be harmony, fulfillment, and victory (Matthew 7:21; John 14:15-24; Romans 6:15-23; etc).