Learning to Trust: Former NFL Corner, Ray Jackson
By: The Increase
February 5, 2016
My favorite Super Bowl memory is from 2005, when I first joined the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Player Development Coordinator. I remember that season; we were praying for the season to continue so that we could prolong the weeks of our team Bible study. The season just kept going; as we won the next game, and then the next, we continued to meet and dive into the Word of God together. Soon, we found ourselves at the Super Bowl.
Competing in the Super Bowl is a dream for every young football player—it’s something you work toward your whole life. We reached that day as a team on February 5th, 2005 and we couldn’t have been more excited. At the end of the game, when the confetti came down, we were able to celebrate the biggest win of the season. But it wasn’t long afterward that we were left thinking, “That’s it?” The amazing moment that we had worked towards our whole lives as players, dreaming about how great it would be (and yes, it was great), had come and gone and now what? One truth remained and became even more true to me that day—God’s Word lives forever.
This season, I joined the Denver Broncos as the Director of Player Engagement. Ever since I was first approached by the organization to fill this role, I have received confirmation after confirmation that this is where God was calling me. His message to me was clear: “Stop putting limits on me.” I realized that I needed to trust God with what He had next for my future.
The first thing I told the team when I came to Denver was, “I am here to win souls and Super Bowls.” And that’s what we are doing today. If I can win some souls for Christ and help the guys know Him and accept Him as the Savior of their lives, everything else will take care of itself.
The message I want to share with the world is this: Jesus is real and He lives. He is waiting for you and if you try Him, He will not fail you—trust in Him.
But how can we trust God if we do not know Him? Dive into His Word.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” -—Proverbs 3:5-6
Having the Bible in your life is such a blessing because the Word of God is living, breathing, and teaching. No matter what your circumstances are, no matter what you’re going through, it will always apply to your life. One thing I ask the players is this: “What is your chapter going to say? If you had a chapter in the Bible, what would it say about your life and commitment to Christ?” I think that speaks volumes because when you are living life in Christ, your life is your walking, talking, breathing résumé.
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