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Joshua Vaughan

Joshua Vaughan is a former NFL running back who seeks to proclaim the name of Christ in every aspect of his life.
What effect does your faith have on your lifestyle?

Faith drives everything that I do. From how I carry myself at home as a husband and father or as a professional in the work place, I want to be an example of Christ no matter where I go because you never know who is watching. I live by faith because I want to have an impact for the Kingdom.

Describe how your Journey with Christ began.

Growing up in a Christian household, I knew what it meant to be a believer. My parents always exemplified a Christlike lifestyle to me. But I rebelled a bit in high school and college and it wasn’t until my first year playing in the NFL when I knew I had to turn to the Lord for myself. I knew the path I was headed in was leading me to destruction and that wasn’t what I wanted for my life. After being cut by two teams in my first year in training camp, I was in a pretty low place and decided to attend a church conference and God really started working on my heart. At the end of this conference I gave my life to Christ.

Who have been the mentors in your life? How did God bring these people into your life?

My dad has been an incredible role model ad mentor for me. He was the one who helped me start my walk with Christ and has always exemplified what it means to be a man of God. He truly is a light shining in the community, impacting the world around him. Also, Pastor Gabriel Rogers really influenced my walk with God when I was in Charlotte. He provided a lot of direction for me and helped me create a good balance in my life.

What does the Increase of Christ mean to you?

The Increase of Christ means that I am letting Him be glorified in everything I do. John 3:30 is about not putting the spotlight on ourselves but letting Christ get the credit for all things. We are here so that Christ can be glorified; He is the reason for our lives.

What is your life verse and why?

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 I’ve always been a person who is hard on myself but knowing that the Lord is with me at all times, I never have to be discouraged or afraid. In Him we have victory and this verse reminds me that with Him, I can be strong.

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