Well, it is draft day in the NFL and it is kind of a funny one. The NFL is in the midst of a labor issue, and so the feeling around NFL draft day doesn’t bring the same level of excitement that it normally does. It is still grabbing a lot of attention because it is fun to think/talk/debate something in the NFL other than the off-the-field battle that the league and it’s players are fighting through.
One thing I’ll be watching with interest is to see where Prince Amukamara, the excellent DB from the Nebraska Cornhuskers, will be plying his trade at a professional level. He is vocal about his faith, and I am excited to see how God will use him as a pro and with all the opportunities he will have to shine his light at in the pro football world.
Prince Amukamara is an actual prince in the tribal village his family is from in Nigeria. He is also a child of the King of Kings.
But it is his humility that speaks a lot about his character. He came to Nebraska expecting to be a running back. The coaches almost immediately wanted to change his position to defensive back. It isn’t easy to change all that you have been doing and take on a new position, but he was willing to make the change. He was willing to accept the coaches desires, and be coachable to be the best he could be.
There is a lesson in that for us to. Sometimes it involves being corrected in our behavior, sometimes it is about our unseen potential. The coach saw something amazing in Prince, and gave him a choice. He was willing to work hard and make the adjustments for the good of the team and for the opportunity to be the best player he could be.
Read the Nebraska FCA article here.
When God wants to change something in our lives, we have a choice to make. He may move us into a new situation that we weren’t expecting and it may even be uncomfortable. What will we do? Resist it? Walk away from it? or trust that He has an amazing plan in place, and just needs us to be obedient. Prince Amukamara faced a decision in college, and he trusted his coaches, changed his position and tonight, he will be a first round draft pick in the NFL. Don’t miss the fact that he had to work and work to develop into the player he is now, even after the change, but also see that he was willing to trust his coaches and make this change, and it is paying off big time (figuratively, and literally).
Prince, I am cheering you on as you step into this next stage of life. Keep being humble, coachable and focussed on the coaching of the King of Kings.