The view that is seen of most athletes by society today is that they have a sense of entitlement that turns them off from the general public. Perhaps that is the case on the professional ranks with the lucrative contracts that some of these players get. Lately, it has stemmed to the college ranks as people think that amateur athletes should be paid for their performance and that, for example, a star quarterback feels that he is entitled to every benefit because he is the head guy on campus.
Thanks to a link from friends at DieHardSport.com, I watched a speech that was given by Kirk Cousins, who is a senior and the starting quarterback at Michigan State. Last year, Cousins led the Spartans to a 11-2 season and a share of the Big Ten regular season title. He gave a speech at the Big Ten Luncheon in Chicago, Illinois on Friday. Cousins is a player who does not get the hype of a Denard Robinson at Michigan , but he has a ton of talent (2,825 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2010). However, the most important quality for this article is Cousins producing on and off the field being All-Big Ten in academics over the past three seasons.
In the speech, Cousins talked about what Jesus told His disciples in the book of Luke. He told them that” Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”(Luke 12:48)
This verse stands out to me because God has given us gifts in or life and we have to use those gifts in order to bring glory to His name. Cousins hit the nail on the head when he said that being a starting quarterback in the Big Ten is a privilege and not a right. We need to remain humble that God is the source of all that we do and without the Lord in our life, we would suffer eternal punishment for the sins that we commit.
Today, I exhort you in whatever you say and do, you do it not for yourself, but do it to give God the glory that He deserves. Keep this in mind. Even with all the talents God has given us, we need to remember whose will put us in the fortunate situations we get into. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”(John 15:16) If you don’t know what talent the Lord has given you, pray to Him that He may show you what he has in store for you to serve Him.