Clemson had just won its third national championship in a rout of Alabama that few people saw coming. But head coach Dabo Swinney wasn’t interested in being in the spotlight. “All the credit—all the glory—goes to the good Lord.” Swinney said during a nationally televised interview after the game. “For me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others, and yourself.” His quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, would later say, “Football is important to me, obviously, but it is not my life. It is not like the biggest thing in my life. My faith is. That just comes from kind of knowing who I am outside of that. I just know, no matter how big the situation is, it is not really going to define me.”
Many sports athletes seek the spotlight to be on them. They focus on political statements, advertisements, or prideful dances. It is good to see a football team who desires to place their focus on following Jesus. This is a good example for us to follow today. While we may be past the point of playing on an athletic field, it is important that we keep our focus and influence pointed to what is important in life. Our influence and priorities need to show up in our work, our home, and our faith.
Let’s always put Jesus first, others second, and ourselves third. This is truly a winning formula.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things (food, clothing, protection) will be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.