Jerry delivered the speech. Rice, one of the greatest Wide Receivers ever to play football, shared his emotions with the Canton Crowd. Getting into his psyche was a treat. The best part: HIs talk of motivation. It wasn’t winning. It wasn’t pride. It wasn’t love of the game. No Rice was motivated by fear of failure. Obviously this fear served Rice well as he put up great numbers. Sadly, it also robbed Rice of the joy of playing the game.
Fear of failure is a common motivation for Christians as well. They view God as out to get them. He is waiting on them to mess up. They do right in order not to anger Him. They live holy lives out of fear of failure. The result: A joyless Christian life.