Big Ben gets it. In an article for espn.com, Michael Smith writes about the relationship that has developed between Jerome Bettis and Ben Roethlisberger.
Bettis, 10 years Ben’s senior, has become a mentor for the young quarterback. Of Bettis Roethlisberger says, There’s many times, and I know this sounds crazy, people wear those bracelets that say, ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ There’s times when I think, ‘How would Jerome handle this?'”
It doesn’t sound crazy at all, Ben; that’s how the world works. We all need to have people after whom we can model our lives. While I don’t know Jerome Bettis well, it seems you’ve chosen well.
This week I will be preaching on Thomas. Yes, for some of you, that is “doubting” Thomas. Jesus word’s to Thomas were “Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.”(John 20:29, The Message)
I contend one of the main things John intends to convey in that passage is that most of us don’t get to see Jesus himself, but will have to rely on what we can gain from other people.
“You may be the only picture of Jesus some ever see,” they say. We all need someone whose example we can follow; someone at least two steps ahead of us who can ehlp us keep going. Ben Roethlisberger gets it.