When all is crumbling, when most of the world is against you what do you do? Is there a point where you give up or do you fight for what is right or what you believe in? A story has hit the news that has challenged me and really made me a proud Christian. When controversy hits and everyone else fails turn to God. Several NFL players have professed faith and live that lifestyle. They talk about it in interviews but not only that they show that faith.
Aaron Rodgers a MVP quarterback for the Green bay Packers is a Christian and lives that lifestyle he says in an interview “One of my favorite quotes, that I live by is ‘Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary use words’.” He also says “I’m not an over-the-top, or an in-your-face kind of guy with my faith. I would rather people have questions about why I act the way I act, whether they view it as positive or not. Given an opportunity at some point, then you can talk about your faith a little bit. I firmly believe, just personally, what works for me, and what I enjoy doing is letting my actions speak about the kind of character that I want to have, and following that quote from St. Francis.” Many people look up to athletes, they are the people who have gotten far with their talents and give it their all. When I read articles or hear of athletes that profess their faith and stand up for God no matter what I start looking at myself. These people have the world on them, every eye is on them. I ask myself “What if I was like that? In everything and through everything I lived my life as a light of God.” Several other athletes have been critical about the expression of faith some of these athletes have but that never stops them.
Sam Bradford a quarterback for the St. Louis Rams says “The key things I’ve learned are patience, perseverance and trusting God, Everything that God does He’s doing for a reason. He has a purpose and we need to trust Him and know that His plan is the right way.” I wonder what this world would be like if we believed those quotes all the time. He also adds, “I know every Saturday when I go out and play I have team mates out there with me, I am not by himself, but I know there is something more than that, the Lord is out there with me, He has given me all the talent I have, without the Lord I would not be able to step out on that football field. Having a relationship with God and being able to spend time with him every week is amazing, it helps me get away from all the stress and pressure. I know having a relationship with Christ gives me strength. The minute I put myself first and God second is when everything starts going wrong, because he has a plan.”
Tim Tebow who is a quarterback for the Denver Broncos says, “I found true satisfaction, true happiness — and it is not by having your name in a newspaper, it is not by winning trophies, and it is not by winning championships. It is by having relationship with Jesus Christ.” That just amazes me, his heart for God and that he focuses on that, it’s not about winning or getting your name everywhere it’s all about God.
Tony Dungy, retired football coach for the Colts says “I think you can glorify the Lord in every circumstance, how you respond to failure, how you respond to disappointment says a lot more than how you do in successes. God has taken some unexpected things in my life over and over; He tried to find out whether I would stay with Him or just give up and say this is too much.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing to get to the place where some of these athletes are, where we realize that we can’t do anything without God? I really respect the stance of these athletes, I know there are many more athletes who believe and live their life according to God but these are the ones that really stuck out that through thick and thin they would serve the Lord. Let that be our heart cry.