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BREAKOUT WEEK 4: I Want Your Team (2023)

Updated: Jul 9


 
 
 

When we draft a Fantasy Football team, we don’t always pick our spot in the draft order, but we try to make the most of whatever draft picks we’ve been given.


Despite having the ability to choose, we inevitably won’t get every player we want for our team. Unfortunately, other Fantasy managers will end up with someone that we desire to have.


Then once the season gets going, particular players around the NFL get off to a hot start. Most likely many of those players are found on other Fantasy rosters and we start wishing we had them instead. It doesn’t matter whether our team is doing well or struggling, there are always players who are putting up huge performances that we long to have on our team.


Oftentimes, what also happens is we take a look at our roster and don’t like what we see so we start pursuing the rosters of our league mates asking ourselves, what player do I want from his team? We always find ourselves wanting a player that someone else has. We do our best to send trade requests, hoping we can acquire them for ourselves.


The other thing that happens throughout the season is certain Fantasy teams in our league become loaded with talent. When we pull up their roster or are matched up against them, we instantly envy their lineup. We can’t believe how stacked they are with good players. We start dreaming about how great our team would be if we just had one of their star running backs.


We are jealous they have not one, but two dominant wide receivers. With their roster appearing so much better than ours, we end up coveting the team they put together and downplaying the guys we have. While wishing we had more impressive players like them, frustration, regret, and disappointment set in.


Ultimately, we have to keep our eyes on our own team and make the best decisions we can with what we have in front of us. We can't worry so much about how well other Fantasy managers are doing...unless we want to genuinely compliment and encourage them, right!?


When it comes to our own lives, every day we are tempted to believe that many people around us seem to have a “better team” than us. We look at their job title, house, car, spouse, and kids, and desire to have what they have. We find ourselves wanting “a player” on another “team” and we do our best to acquire it. We look at our own “team” and start wishing we had what someone else has instead.


But, this isn’t the way God wants us to live. Yes, we can allow others to motivate or challenge us, but we are commanded not to covet what they have.


One of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:17 (AMP) says, “You shall not covet [that is, selfishly desire and attempt to acquire] your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”


It's probably not an ox for us, but whatever it is that catches our eye, we must be diligent about not allowing ourselves to covet. Instead, we must ask God to give us a heart of gratitude.


The truth is, it doesn’t even really matter if things are going well or we’re struggling because it always seems like someone else’s life is better than ours and we long for our life to be more like theirs.


When we allow ourselves to have this kind of mindset and attitude, we're filled with envy and can’t believe how “stacked” someone else’s “team” is. We start dreaming about how great our life would be if we just had one of their three vacation homes.


We're jealous of their success and covet their careers...or envy the family they have while downplaying our own blessings. We wish our life looked more like theirs and then frustration, regret, and disappointment set in.


The Bible describes how dangerous this is to our hearts, minds, and bodies in the following three scriptures:


“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones" (Proverbs 14:30; NIV).


“Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple" (Job 5:2; NLT).


“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice" (James 3:16; (NIV).


Ultimately, we have to keep our eyes on our “own team” and make the best decisions we can with what we’ve been given and not worry about how well other people are doing...unless we want to genuinely complement and encourage them, right?!


Even more importantly, as followers of Jesus, our hearts and lives have been transformed thanks to His grace and love. We don’t deserve anything and every good thing comes from God.


“For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things” (Psalm 107:9; ESV).

Instead of thinking about what we don’t have, let’s be reminded that we have Jesus and He's the only One who truly satisfies. Our greatest desires should always be rooted in Him with our eyes fixed on Him.


When that becomes our heart’s posture, the envy, covetousness, and jealousy go away and we end up looking at our lives with gratitude, peace, and awe because of everything we have in Christ.

 
 
  1. What players on other Fantasy teams do you covet the most?

  2. What manager’s roster are you most jealous of?

  3. What do you think when you look at your own roster?

  4. What player have you tried the hardest to acquire?

  5. In life, what do you find yourself coveting the most?

  6. In life, who are you jealous of?

  7. In life, what causes you to be envious?

  8. Why are envy, jealousy, and covetousness so dangerous?

  9. How do you combat those things and how has your faith in Jesus changed your perspective?

 
 
 

"Instead of thinking about what we don’t have, let’s be reminded that we have Jesus and He's the only One who truly satisfies. Our greatest desires should always be rooted in Him with our eyes fixed on Him. " - Bryce Johnson, Founder of Fantasy Football Fellowship

 

According to Rotoballer.com, “Aaron Rodgers' 2011 season still reigns supreme as the most Fantasy points per game ever scored by a quarterback.” (403.4 total points and 26.89 points per game.) His stats included 4,643 yards on 68.3% completion, 45 touchdowns, six interceptions (1.2% INT%), 9.2 air yards/attempt, 257 rushing yards, and three rush TDs.

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