The confession for the week is just a bit out of the ordinary here at Neutral Gets You Nowhere. If you are a football fan then this post will connect with you. If your not a football fan, then read on, maybe you will get something out of it. This past Sunday the Chicago Bears played their long time rival the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Long story short Chicago’s starting QB left the game with an injury and the second string QB was pulled after just a few snaps behind center. The Bears put in third string QB Caleb Hanie. With little playing time over the course of the regular season, Caleb was thrown into the biggest game of the playoffs. Caleb lead the Bears back within reach of a trip to the Super Bowl and wowed people with his poise.
So, here is my confession. I actually used to be one the line men that blocked for Caleb in junior high and even caught a few passes from him in high school football practice as a third string tight end. Caleb and I were never close friends, but it was cool to watch a former team mate from junior and high school get to live out his dream. I’m happy for Caleb.
I remember Caleb always being a hard worker on the grid iron in both game time and practice. He pushed himself to get better and better. He even took criticism at times for working so hard at being a good QB. So what’s the point behind the confession? Well, I played with a guy that just threw TD passes in the NFC Championship Game! : )
Actually what I’m getting at here is that God has placed gifts with in each and everyone of us. Some are gifted speakers, leaders, encouragers, singers, musicians, artists, teachers, managers, and I could list so many more. The problem is many are not willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears, to develop their gifts. But God can’t and won’t take us where he could if we are not willing to work out and practice our gifts for his glory. Caleb is playing the NFL. Caleb has endured many practices, lifted lots of weights, thrown lots of footballs, ran lots of plays, and studied lots of film to get better and better.
What do you need to do to strengthen your gifts, to get better and better, so that God can do big things through you?
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…” 2 Tim. 1:6