In 2008, Chad Pennington revived his NFL career and was rewarded with his second comeback player of the year award. After 8 up and down seasons with the New York Jets, Pennington was cut prior to the ’08 season and was signed by the 1-15 Miami Dolphins. Pennington displayed his strong leadership skills by orchestrating an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs. But it wasn’t this change of scenery that led to the resurgence of him and his team. It was his total submission to God. A local newspaper Daily Mail near Chad’s alma mater, Marshall University, details a radio interview from Sports Spectrum last week where Pennington shared the following, “I have been playing football a long time and I have considered myself a Christian for a long time,” said Pennington. “But this season is the first season that I felt like I totally let go of my career and let the Lord have control of it. It was the most rewarding year I have had in the NFL because I felt I grew closer to the Lord.” Chad realized it’s not enough to just be a Christian without fully trusting in the Lord. In our lives it’s often easy to say, “I am a Christian”, while still selfishly having our own agenda. It’s only when we submit to the will of God that we are truly able to move forward and grow spiritually. What are you holding on to? Wouldn’t it just be easier to let go and turn everything over to God? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
I’m a firm believer in the power of mentorship. It provides the young leader with a development model and strengthens the mentor in their own areas of leadership. Once such example occurs in II Kings 2:9-10 with Elisha and Elijah.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not.”
It’s this type of relationship as a mentor that Elijah was able to prepare Elisha after his departure to heaven.
John Maxwell define’s Elisha’s preparation the following way:
1. He was anointed to replace Elijah
2. Elisha touched Elijah’s mantle long before he entered his ministry.
3. He burned his farming tools.
4. He stuck with Elijah wherever he went.
5. He absorbed all he could from Elijah.
1. Leaders must understand their call and roll.
2. Leaders must wait on God’s perfect timing for their authority.
3. Leaders must surrender former ambitions
4. Leaders must pursue good mentors.
5. Leaders must hunger to grow and develop.
Have a Blessed Day!
Have you ever been faced with a situation of retaliation or revenge toward someone in your life? How did you respond? It’s often easy for us to get locked into a mentality of spitefulness when this happens, but the Bible tells us otherwise. Job 42:10 says, “After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.” Note that it was after Job had prayed for his friends that God made him prosperous. These weren’t friends that carried him through his trials and tribulations, these were “friends” that criticized and ridiculed him, encouraging him to curse God. Job’s response was to pray for them. John 15:13 reminds us that, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” In its context, this passage is clearly in reference to Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross; for those who ridiculed, betrayed, beat, even murdered Him (see Romans 5:8). Think about the following actions next time you’re at the cross roads of the low road of retaliation or the high road of love:
- Revenge and Retaliation when wronged
- Plays the same game as others
- Guided by emotions; up and down
- Reactive: lives no better than anyone else
- Unconditional love and forgiveness
- Refuses to play games; lives by principles
- Guided by character and values
- Pro-active: lives above merely human standards
Have a Blessed Day!