It was Media Day at the 2015 Super Bowl. Some of the biggest names in football were given the largest stage to answer reporters’ questions. Success and the spotlight often reveal what’s in the heart. One “superstar” spouted off that he was only attending the media day because he would be fined if he skipped it. Duly noted #24.
While many eyes may be on the flashy running back during the game, my eyes will be on a soft-spoken giant who also came to my attention on Media Day. I’d never heard of Chris Jones prior to seeing his interview. He was raised in a small town and played college ball at a relatively small school. According to his NFL team’s website, “Chris Jones had an early introduction to failure in the NFL. Taken behind 37 other defensive linemen in the 2013 NFL Draft, he was cut by two teams over a span of just 11 days. Rather than be deterred by these early disappointments, Jones maintained a positive outlook when he signed with the Patriots on Sept. 11, and it has paid off in a big way.” This Sunday, Chris Jones will be in the starting lineup at the Super Bowl. Pretty cool.
But, this young man, who is literally half my age and twice my weight, hasn’t lost sight of who he is, or what’s important in life. Jones used the one opportunity on his profession’s largest stage to glorify his God instead of himself. Speaking about the role of football in his life, Jones said, “This is just something that I do, it’s not who I am. Who I am is a Christian man who loves the Lord – and I just happen to play football.” He then used the rest of his interview to encourage kids to read their Bibles!
Friends, each of us face a similar struggle each day – who or what will we live for? Will we take the credit for our worldly success and bask in the limelight? Or, will we take every opportunity to bring glory to the only One who is worthy?
When given the opportunity, whose name will we proclaim? –Dave
“I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!” (Deut 32:3)
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