I like Herm Edwards.
The former NFL coach is famous for his fiery speeches.
In the clip above, Edwards was speaking to NFL rookies at the league’s recent rookie symposium. He lectured them on hard work, talent, and being a professional in the league.
The words that really stood out to me were his closing ones.
“Don’t waste your talent.”
In the NFL, where millions are often wasted on players who don’t apply themselves, I hope these words ring true for the new rookies.
The Apostle Paul was also a great motivational communicator. He didn’t have YouTube or the bright lights of ESPN, but he had the Hebrew Scriptures from which to share wisdom. He also drew from his personal experience.
Paul knew that he didn’t deserve to be an apostle because he had been a persecutor of the church, but he also knew that God’s grace had made him who he was, and that by God’s grace he could work hard at his new “occupation” (1 Corinthians 15:9).
He got a second chance and made the most of it. I guess you could say that he didn’t waste his talent.
Whatever your past, whatever your talent, are you making the most of it by God’s grace?
— Chris Pugh
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Video clip from ESPN’s YouTube page)