The Horrible Day I Fell on My Own Bible Sword
February 7, 2020
February 7, 2020
Let me tell you a true story about a little guy named Kevin. It’s the story of the famous “Sword Drill.” If you’re like me and you were blessed to grow up in a Christian home that went to church on a regular basis, you know what a Sword Drill is, right? A Sword Drill is when everyone has their Bibles, the teacher reads a reference and then says, “Charge!” Everyone frantically goes through the Scripture, trying to find that reference. When you find it, you stand up and then you read it out loud. While you’re reading it, all the other drillers are sad; they’ve lost!
This Bible Sword Drill thing was big. We did it every week. It was for bragging rights, so if you won the drill that week you “wore the crown.” But this particular Sword Drill was for all the marbles, because this was the championship. Somehow it ended up that it was me versus three girls. So now I had not only the pressure of winning, which I desperately wanted to do, but I also had the pressure of boys beating the girls. That was so important. The fate of masculinity in the free world was at stake.
We went through the preliminaries, and it was tied going into the very last reference. This is it! We all know this is it. We’re all so ready. The teacher says, “Attention! Draw swords! John 16:14! Charge!” Well, what do you know, I turned right to it! I gleefully announced that I had turned right to the passage, and you could hear an audible groan from the girls. I stood and promptly read John 15:14. I waited for the announcement, the inevitable announcement that would say, “Kevin, you won! You have defended the Boys; Boys Rule! You have won the Sword Drill! Kevin, you may now take your victory lap.” But that’s not what I heard.
The teacher (who was a young lady, and most likely more than a little amused) said, “I don’t think that’s the right verse. I think you’re reading John 15:14.” Somehow, I had turned right to the wrong page. Just one page off! So close! Oh, the horror! One of the girls figured it out. She had kept looking while I was celebrating, and then she stood up and snatched victory from me! I don’t remember what the teacher said to me after this embarrassing loss, but I do hope she quoted that scripture that says, “Wherefore, let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed lest he fall!”
Humility is a sweet thing, and helps little boys get past embarrassing defeats.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.