For All The Wrong Reasons
I started kicking a soccer ball around at the age of three, and continued playing it until my school dropped the sport when I was 14. They decided to start a football program instead, so I joined it. Football seemed okay, and it was just natural that I ended up as a kicker.
When the choice for college came along, I went to the Naval Academy for all the wrong reasons. School was something I did well, and insecurity ruled my life. I thought I needed to score the highest grades possible. Then it was sports, consuming my life. Even though the Academy was impressive, I wasn't happy there. Football wasn't what I expected it to be and the academic emphasis wasn't right for me either. I was finally honest with myself and transferred to the University of Georgia.
A Way To Be Good Enough
My life at the University of Georgia had much more free time in comparison to the Naval Academy, so I pledged a fraternity. Up to this point, I had always done the right thing. I towed the line and got good grades. I went to Sunday school and church, the whole bit. Now I figured it was time to relax, but it didn't last long.
My girlfriend and parents were bugging me to go on a church retreat. I stalled, trying to think of excuses. I didn't feel like I wanted or needed to go. Finally, my girlfriend told me I was too late and my spot had been taken. Was I relieved! But, the morning the retreat was to begin, I felt this urge to call my girlfriend and found out three spots had opened up. It was that weekend that I realized doing the right thing in life just isn't enough. But, God has given us a way to be good enough. Jesus is our good-ness. Finally, grace made sense.
God Is In Control
When I finally gave up wanting to control everything myself, trying to be good enough, things just started to fall into place. With God in control, I could rest. My senior year was my best ever. I led the SEC Conference in field goal percentage and was named GTE Academic All-American. Then in 1993, I was drafted into the NFL by the New York Giants. I played with the Arizona Cardinals, then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in '95, and now play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
I still work hard, and I have my struggles. But, I know that I'm not really the one in control. God is. I'm not the one keeping me in the NFL. God will do that for as long as He wants me there.
"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence". -1 Peter 3:15
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