American football star Robert Griffin III has captured the attention and admiration of many fans in the states.  He’s the quarterback of the Washington Redskins who are based in the Washington, D.C., area.  Of course, the quarterback is a key position, providing leadership that pulls the team together and, many times, sets the attitude that will determine whether they are winners or losers.  His play has been phenomenal.  So far, he has thrown for 3,100 yards.  There are only a few players that reach this level.  For you soccer or (non-American) football fans, this is akin to a player scoring 80+ goals in a season (such as the phenomenal season Lionel Messi is having this year).  But RGIII, as he is called in the press, is a rare double-threat.  He has also rushed for 752 yards, making it very hard for opposing teams to defend against him, since they can never guess what he will do on a given play, and since he has options even on a broken play.  Thanks to his athletic prowess, he has already earned endorsements from major companies like Gatorade, Adidas, Subway, EA Sports, and Nissan.  Moreover, his jersey is the top-selling jersey in all of the National Football League. 

But perhaps what really makes him so popular with fans is his humble attitude.  He doesn’t have the cocky, prideful attitude that you sometimes see in people of great talent and fame.  He is well known among his fans for his humility and unusual maturity for a young man in his early 20s.  In a recent interview, he was asked if he feared anything.  His answer revealed a lot about who the man is.  He said, “I fear God.”  Besides being a man of faith, a recent article about him attributed his good character to his upbringing and education.  He was born in Japan to two military parents, who apparently raised him with some of the same values that they lived by in their profession.  Moreover, he polished off that experience with a sound education at Baylor University, a Christian college in Waco, Texas.  All in all, he is a very well rounded young man, apparently a Christian, and highly respected in his profession.  These things are much more important than simple material success.

There are so many Christians throughout the world, in all walks of life.  They are usually very noticeable because they live their lives differently.  They are a little bit kinder, a little bit more patient, and always a little more compassionate.  These are marks of the Lord Jesus that they follow.  You cannot underestimate the power of a good example.  It goes far beyond the simple sharing of a few scriptures or a verbal witness.  Although the scripture tells us to always be ready to explain why we are the way we are (1 Pet. 3:15), we should also live out those principles so that people can see for themselves the truth that is in us and know that we are the real deal before we even tell them.  A life actually lived by Christian principles can have a far more profound impact than simple words, able to touch people in ways that words cannot.  Moreover, it is so important for us to develop ourselves the best we can, adding to our skills, education, and knowledge throughout our lives so that we can have more to offer the world and can reach more people because we have more experiences to share and are useful to God in so many more ways.  I recently saw an episode on television of the reality series Meet the Hutterites.  This Christian sect that is the focus of the series lives in Montana and tries to strictly follow the same formula for living as their ancestors that settled here from Germany over a hundred years ago.  In this one particular episode, one of the young women being followed by the camera discussed the idea of going to a local college for courses, but the other people in the group adamantly discouraged her from going, asking the question, “What do you need an education for?”  I am not standing in judgment of these people, but the answer to this question should be obvious to those who seek wisdom rather than the thinking of the world.  With an education, you are more useful to God and the people of the world you are supposed to be serving. 

I pray that you all will have the courage to chase your dreams and develop your knowledge and wisdom so that you will be the most useful instruments in God’s hands that you can possibly be. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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