Well, I thought I was caught up and so now I will be!
Mondays can prove to be a difficult day for most and I'm no exception. Coming off the weekend, follow-up to do from the weekend, setting a plan for the week and trying to get back into the swing of things can be somewhat stressful.
Last night was also the National Championship game featuring the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks. Or as Referee Bill Le Monnier said, the Oragone Ducks. Anyway, it featured one of the highest profile players in all of college football. Sure, Cam Newton is a fantastic athlete, there is no denying that. But his character, of course, is not exactly something everyone would want to write home about.
In fact, a few months ago, he had a bit of a pretty stressful Monday when the first reports of his family demanding $180,000 for him to play football first surfaced. This probably made his day pretty stressful including the weeks and months that would follow. I always wondered how he could cope with that kind of stress.
Now, I can be a pretty big skeptic at times. I can especially be skeptical when a character flaw is exposed. So of course, I was pretty skeptical of Cam Newton and his "preacher" father. I'm not proud of it, but it's the truth.
I got slapped in the face on Monday Night when I saw this:
There is something so beautiful about this that most will see and negate with all of their excuses as to why he can't be a follower of Christ. That thing is simple:
Cam Newton represents me.
Wait, what? Cam Newton represents me. Have I made mistakes? Yes. Too many to count. Do those mistakes disqualify me from doing what I do? Perhaps. But God is an amazing God and He chooses to use those with broken pasts and broken presents to make His name famous.
Sure, Cam Newton has a pretty screwed up past and we really don't know what his reality is right now. But, we know this: He had the guts to put the God of the Universe on Televisions around the globe, regardless of what people would think of him. Regardless of the skeptics, like me, that would sit on blogs and newspapers and televisions shows and completely second guess his faith. But the beautiful thing is, He can overcome all of that. He has overcome all of that and He was made famous.