Normally we’d be back in OTAs and mini-camps by now, but as it seems the world has been turned upside down, that’s not the case. The world has been forced to slow down and I think every one of us has been forced to stop and evaluate what truly is important.
Like any time I’ve been forced to slow down, I’ve been reminded just how important time is. On the one hand, I’ve had a lot more free time lately so I can get things done, but at the same time, I realize just how quickly things can be taken away from you. I want to make the most of the time that I have. I want to make the most of our family dinners together, time outside with the kids, and the deep conversations I’m able to have with my wife, Tamela. During the quarantine, I’ve tried to find different avenues to grow spiritually, mentally and physically so I can come out of the other side of this a stronger and better person.
I had so many plans for this offseason and summer — plans with our 7-on-7 travel football program, mentoring and tutoring kids every other weekend, and going back and forth to all the cities in which we play. Among these and other plans, I’ve had to make a shift. We still have programs lined up for the summer, but it’s all pending how things open up.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Never before has this verse rang so true for so many of us. It’s good to have thought-out plans, but we also need to understand that God is ultimately in control. When he calls an audible, we have to go with it. Instead of growing frustrated or upset, we have to trust Him. I’m using this time to increase my dependence on God and grow my understanding of Him.
God’s Word is all about bringing glory to God. That’s what He wants more than anything — His name reflected throughout the earth. Although God does use us and bless us, it’s all for His name’s sake. When I put things in the proper perspective, that’s when my heart moves toward wanting to reflect Him more. I understand just how important this is to Him and how worthy He is of it. Then, the way I love my family or use my time and energy to help others changes. It has very little to do with me; it has everything to do with Him.
So often we’re on the go and distracted by all the noise of our day. When the distractions are taken away from us, the voice of the Lord seems to be louder than it has been. We have the opportunity to stop and think, to go deep and take a look at our lives and the lives of those around us.
God is up to something during this pandemic — something we can’t see. Maybe He’s working something in our hearts that goes far beneath the surface. I don’t know what that is, but I can’t wait to see the fruit that comes as a result.
— Demario Davis, New Orleans Saints linebacker
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