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Proverbs 16:33

Posted on 9/16/2013 by Admin

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

How often do you hear, or even say to others, “Good luck” or, “That was just bad luck.”  Yet those same people, probably including you, will say that “Everything happens for a reason.” 

Now, if “everything happens for a reason” how can there be any form or variation of “luck”? 

There was a player that I recruited several years ago (I don’t want to say his name or school).  The story goes like this …

I called the player to set up a time to meet.  His response, “I will only meet with you if you allow my roommate to come along to the meeting.”  Of course I said, “OK.”  We met for lunch and it was clear to me within a very short period of time (probably less than two minutes) that the player that I was recruiting was just not my kind of kid.  He had a hard time completing a sentence without utilizing a four-letter word.  Meanwhile, the “other” player sat quietly at the table taking in everything I had to say.  Fast forward to the next week … I knew that I wasn’t interested in the original player but thought, “Hey, the other player seemed attentive to what I had to say and I’ve gotten back interesting (not necessarily good) information on him from scouts so why not just give him a shout.”  I called him, signed him, and here’s the funny thing about this story.  The original player never even signed a contract with an NFL team, much less made one.  The “other” player signed a free agent deal with an NFL team and made that respective team his rookie year.  He’s going on his 6th year in the league.

Now, to me, that begs the question … What the heck did I have to do with that outcome?  I’m sure there are many that would say that I was “lucky.”  I prefer to believe that I simply followed God’s path for me and His outcome was inevitable. 

Ecclesiastes: 9:11

Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.

I begin every meeting I have with a player and/or his family with the following, “Lord, give me the word.”  I say this little saying in my mind, not so that God will literally provide me with my vocabulary, but so that He knows that I am asking Him to be with me.

Another story from several years ago …

Anyone who understands recruitment at any level knows how you have to seek and cultivate a relationship with who or whatever it is you are “recruiting”.

I went to a game to introduce myself to a player and his family late in November.  Unfortunately, I never found either the player or anyone in his family.  About two weeks later (close to the end of the college football season that year) I decided to attempt to reach his parents by phone so I called 411 information.  I was provided a number, which naturally I called.  I got the players sister who, in turn, gave me a different number for her mother.  She then told me to call her ex husband (the players father).  So, after three calls I finally reached someone to speak with.  That brief call led to a meeting.  While I viewed the meeting as beneficial and somewhat successful, I wasn’t reading too much into it.  After all, I had yet to meet the player himself.  A few weeks later, I attended the bowl game of the player and met him, along with his father, after the game, which, by the way, was a loss … he wasn’t in a very good mood.  The interaction lasted less than two minutes.

I left the game, which was a Friday night, and went on about my day.  The next day, I got a call from the father asking me if I could meet with the two of them prior to his departure back to school.  We agreed to meet at his house and arranged a time.  I probably spent about an hour-and-a-half in their kitchen.  After things were concluded, I clearly remember (and probably will never forget) what happened next.  I opened their kitchen door and, as I was walking to my truck, which was less than fifty feet from the door, I remember looking up and saying to myself, “Thank you Father.”  I didn’t think, hope, pray, etc. … I KNEW this kid was going to sign with me.  While that may sound presumptuous and arrogant to some, I take NO credit for that feeling.  It was what I like to refer as, “spirit led.”

I spoke to the kid that night, around midnight, to make sure that he made it back to his school.  Three days later, on Wednesday, he signed with me.  In total, I had less than two hours of interaction with a kid (that is still in the NFL today) that, and here is the key, “trusted” me and made one of the most important decisions of his young career.  Almost anyone in this business would agree that is rare.  I say, “Thank you Father.”

Isaiah 46:9-10

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.

So, seek His counsel and rely on Him.  After all, if you are one of the many that says, and, more importantly, believes, “Everything happens for a reason”, you’re basically relying on Him, as you don’t truly believe in “luck” (James 1:17) Every good and perfect gift comes from above coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.





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