Our obsession with “winning”

Decades ago I remember a column or opinion piece written about our obsessions and warped values. At the time it was referring to the way we lift up people who work hard, work long hours, and don’t have time to “take it easy.” The prime example for that article was Dick Cheney (long before he was VP). Cheney had some heart issues (well… that’s just a sentence to get teed up, isn’t it?) and he was praised at the time for going into the doctor to get a stent or two in the morning then getting back to work that afternoon.

No one paused to say, “The man is a workaholic and that’s dangerous.” (Except for the author of the column or opinion piece.)

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More Thoughts on Piper’s Leave of Absence

Christianity Today weighs in on Piper and it’s a good thought.

Here are a couple of comparisons: We just seem to applaud workaholism. We applaud a Dick Cheney who has stents put in his heart and he’s back on the job the next day.

Urban Meyer, football coach at the University of Florida, can’t quit. He saw some sort of handwriting on the wall last December. It scared him so much, he resigned. That lasted about 48 hours. Then, it was a “leave of absence.” Now, he’s running full bore with spring practices. And we don’t utter a peep. The man digs himself an early grave, but doggone it! He wins FOOTBALL games!

It’s a crazy world. We need to heed the voice of the Spirit a little more quickly.