“Kick it with your toes.”
– advice from bad soccer coach in the movie Playing for Keeps
Even as a non-soccer player, I didn’t think that was right. A few seconds later in the movie, when my suspicion was confirmed, I thought, “Hmm … advice given by someone who doesn’t know whereof he speaks … welcome to my life in church pews.”
I’ve heard a lot of bad advice given from pulpiteers and other officials. There is way too much ineptitude manifest by public leaders. But after my own preachment comes a confession. . . .
Although many are giving advice as bad as telling 8-year-old soccer players to kick the ball with their toes, it is neither spiritual nor wise to do what I’ve done: I’ve pretty much turned off advice from professional religionists. Maybe I’d do better not to block the “channel,” but rather, to be discriminating in my listening and viewing. There are still a few decent coaches out there who not only understand the basics but can even help me move beyond them.