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Motivational Monday – Follow Peace


On December 24, 2002 (the day before Christmas), I was released by the Green Bay Packers. I had to go back to my hometown in Iowa and continue to work towards my goal of making it into the NFL. At the time, I had only played in two NFL games and did not believe that was supposed to be the end. I was in survival mode. My parents thought that it would be a good idea for me to go to Canada and play football in the spring so that I could at least keep doing what I loved and have income coming in. Their advice was logical and well-intentioned. But in my heart, I did not have peace about going to Canada.

For two months straight, I worked out every day as if I was going to get a call from the NFL. My finances were getting lower and lower and my family kept insisting that I go. I knew that if I did go to Canada, I was not going to have peace in my heart and I knew that God had better plans in store for me. One day my agent called me out of blue and said that the Houston Texans were interested in me and wanted to sign me to the team. He asked me if I was ready. Was I READY?

As a result of following peace in my heart and being prepared for my opportunity, I became the starting punt and kick returner for two consecutive years with the Texans. Follow PEACE and be patient even when circumstances don’t make sense. The destination will always be worth the wait.

Motivational Monday – Firefighters vs. Firelighters

Firefighters      VS.     Firelighters

I’m sure you can easily recognize these two types of people you come across in life. Let’s say you are really excited about a dream or goal you want to accomplish or you get some really good news – depending on who you share that information with, you come across two reactions.

Firefighters are individuals that tell you all the reasons why the dream or goal won’t be accomplished. Oh, and that good news you thought was so great. Yeah – they totally kill your vibe. They tend to be critical and negative towards people and situations. They have ways of discouraging you and making you feel it’s impossible.

Firelighters on the other hand, are just the opposite. These individuals encourage you towards your dreams and tell you it CAN be done. They speak positive words to you and see the potential inside of you. They see your strengths and have a way to light you up on the inside. They are the ones that celebrate your good news.

Just a reminder, surround yourself with firelighters and be one in return.