But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Nick Foles--QB Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles
Nick’s story is unique. There he was serving as a backup to Carson Wentz, a quarterback being discussed as a potential for MVP of the NFL. He almost quit football because he had lost his enjoyment of the game with his previous team. He sought God and asked for His direction, not knowing what God had in store for Him.
Like Nick, we have been in situations in which we could feel powerless and insufficient. Sometimes, all we see in our lives are our weaknesses. In the film room, it is often the weaknesses that are the focus of the discussion. This can feel deflating and discouraging. We say that we are identifying weaknesses in order to correct execution, assignments, or technique. Sometimes that works. While this is true at times, isn’t there more?
When you play for an audience of One, it is not the weaknesses that are magnified. Rather, it is the sufficiency of that One in your weakest moments. It is His power that is able to be seen in your weaknesses. When God shows up and accomplishes something through you and in you by way of your weaknesses, it is a tremendous privilege and a huge thrill because He gets the glory then, not you. We play for an audience of One and it is that One who longs to shine through our play (and our lives). But to get that thrill, we need to let Him have control.
Are you willing to boast in your weaknesses that the power of Christ may be seen in you? Ask Jesus to give you the heart attitude to long for His glory in your play, in your interactions (with your team, coaches, community and opponents), and in all of your life. There is nothing more satisfying than pleasing Him in all that you do!