Today, I received a copy of the official De La Salle University statement regarding the unsportsmanlike behavior of Manny Salgado during the UAAP FEU-La Salle game. According to reports, La Salle assistant manager Manny Salgado had punched FEU’s Arwind Santos after an exchange of hurtful words. This behavior had caused Manny Salgado his career as La Salle’s assistant manager and a lifetime ban from the UAAP.
This incident reminds me of King Solomon’s wise words in Proverbs which I wish to share with you.
Proverbs 14:17 says “A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.”
Proverbs 14:29 says “A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.”
Proverbs 19:19 says “A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.”
The lesson to be learned here really is to rely on God’s strength in situations when we lose control of our emotions. This can happen to anybody–in the house, at work, in the LRT/MRT…I can go on…The guideline really is to remember that God is in control and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
I remember Stephen Covey mentioning that there is a difference between responding and reacting. When we react, we act on our emotions and our primitive drives but when we respond, that’s when we use our power to think. It is indeed best to respond rather than to react.