Being Present in the Here and Now - Kelvin Beachum

It definitely takes balance to be a dad of three kids under five and a player in the NFL. Often, while my wife is in Phoenix with the kids, I’m a coast away in New Jersey, training with the team.

 

It’s challenging, yes, but I can’t complain, or expect a convenient, perfect schedule. We make things work and know that it’s only a seasonal routine. And when I’m able to come home, I try to be as present as I can be. When I’m home, I turn off my phone. When I’m away, I try to FaceTime and check in as much as I can. I want to maximize the time that I have with my family.

 

Multitasking can be hard, no matter what profession you’re in. I try to carve out times solely for rest and recovery as well. For me, that often looks like jumping on a four-wheeler by myself or with one of the kids and just riding. I’ll leave my phone and just get lost — literally. It’s helpful for me to unwind and enjoy life. I don’t often get these moments, especially during the season. But when I do, I cherish them. We have to cherish the small moments.

 

My wife often talks about a passage in Scripture that says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). It’s only when we allow the peace of God to transcend everything else that we will be able to actually rest. Your body won’t be reeling back and forth between this and that, your mind won’t be wound up about X, Y or Z. You can find rest. You can find peace.

 

God’s challenging me to truly trust and rest in Him. This being the last year of my current contract with the Jets, I don’t know where I will end up afterward. I’ve been in this situation before —  the last year of my deal. This is the third time I’ve been in this boat. God’s not just sitting there waiting to see what I’ll do, He knows everything that is going to happen before we act. But He is challenging me to show Him that I trust Him. This is a great opportunity to put my faith in Christ on display, and honestly, I’m looking forward to it! I don’t know what’s going to transpire in the months ahead, but I’m trusting God.

 

There is a time and a season for everything. Whatever God has for me, it will be better than anything I could hope for or pursue.

 

— Kelvin Beachum, New York Jets left tackle

 

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