I am not a fan of football, well any sport really but last night I watched the end of the Alabama vs Georgia game. Actually, my husband was supposed to be watching it but of course he was resting his eyes. Anyway, I began watching it in the 3rd quarter when the score was 10 to 0 with Alabama losing. Georgia fans were already celebrating because they knew for sure, Alabama was going to hand them the championship. Let us be honest, Alabama was not playing good the first half and logically, they should be losing. But then, Alabama’s coach did something. He took out the starting quarterback and put in the Rookie. A young man whose first time being in the game would be the championship game. A young man nobody really knew was being sent into the game. THE CHAMPIONSHIP game. Is that coach crazy? He has got to be, right? Then, this rookie throws a touchdown, first time out. Even when they missed the field goal, this same quarterback got the opportunity to throw the final touchdown. Ah, you know how this ended, Alabama won. Why am I sharing this? For somebody who is looking at the scoreboard and the people have already counted you out. For somebody who has seen the odds and they are stacked against you. For somebody who is in the hardest struggle of your life, at this very moment and you cannot see how you’ll make it. I am sharing this for that man or woman who has been standing on the sidelines the entire season waiting to be sent in. I’m sharing this for the man or woman whose name, nobody knows. For the man or woman who has been dressed in the uniform, name on the roster yet nobody knows you. Suit up beloved, you’re about to get in the game.
Oh, it’s not just any game, this is your career making game. This game is about to catapult you into the place you’ve been practicing for. This game is about to shift you into the position you’ve been patiently waiting on. Folk are about to call you, appointments are about to line up, your calendar is about to fill up and your finances are about to flare up. All because you waited. All because you continually dressed out. All because you practiced like you’d get in the game, even though you didn’t know when. All because you were faithful and didn’t fight the process. This is why you cannot discount the times you will be sidelined. While you’re waiting, you have to practice as if you’re the starter of the team. While you wait, you have to dress like, walk like, talk like and carry yourself like you’re in the starting lineup. See, when you do this, you will not mess up when the time comes. You will not fold under the heaviness of the mantle. You will not stutter when it’s your time to speak in front of cameras. And most importantly, you will not be swayed by the lights, cameras and accolades because you’ll know, without a shadow of a doubt that it was all God.
“All Glory goes to God. I can’t describe what He’s done for me and my family.” -Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama’s rookie quarterback)