Over the past year, I have learned to appreciate the “right now,” knowing that every phase of life prepares me to become the person God wants me to be. I’ve been at the top but now I know what it’s like to be at the bottom.
My time at the bottom has made me a better person. As much as I know my career made me able to pour into the lives of others, being on a hiatus from my profession—coaching, the thing I was placed on this planet to do—has placed me in the position to help others while not getting accolades, championships rings or a substantial paycheck at the end of each month. Even at the bottom, I’ve been able to help young men get into graduate school and get jobs. But, I’m most grateful for the opportunity to learn more about God and to share the good news to other men.
I’ve been in a few situations that I never thought I’d have to endure. I didn’t know why when it all began but I have figured out some things. My attitude was my downfall. I judged people and felt that my professional and personal status in life made me better. Now I know that everyone has a story and endures life’s challenges. However, its no person’s right to judge because looking in we only have part of the story.
When was the last time you heard something about someone and judged them? Did you even check to see if what you heard was true? Or, did you carry on the story without thinking of how the rumor was affecting the person in question? Everyone should be given the chance to redeem themselves.
I don’t know if I felt that way a year ago. Being forced to grow spiritually and intellectually prompted me to open my eyes. They were wide shut. In so many ways I failed to realize that my success was due to God blessing me. Yes, I went to college (3 times), earned degrees, and eventually moved to the top of my field. People helped me along, but I only saw what people did (myself included) not realizing that God was making me successful. He was blessing the work of my hands.
Last year, I could check my accounts and see thousands of dollars. Now, I’m lucky if I can count a few hundred. It’s been rough, but I am confident that I will get through this, becoming a better husband, father, and coach in the process.
So I say to you, keep your head up. When things get hard, keep pushing like you’re trying to get that last rep during a workout. Don’t give up on what you love or the things you’re passionate about. Let hard time strengthen you. Let hard times make you wiser. Let hard times propel you to reach your goals. Know that with God, you can’t lose.
If you’ve been blessed once. Know that God can bless you again. If you had a great job in a career you love, you can have it again. I’m still going through, but I know that on the other side I will be on top again. This time, I’ll be deliberate about the gifts God has given me. I’ll be an example and encourager to others. I will bless others as God has placed people in my life to bless me. God will open a door for me. He will compel someone to ask questions and know the truth about me.
My family is intact. God’s grace and mercy are bringing us through. It gets rough. I am still here. We are still here. You are still here. I hope this encourages you. I’m going through but I’m still fighting. I hope you do the same.
If you need encouragement or prayer or have questions, inbox me and I’ll get back to you. Stay encouraged.