Living With Uncertainty - Derek Carr

This devotional by Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is featured in The Increase’s 21-Day YouVersion Devotional. Start this plan to hear more articles by Pro Athletes.


When I was in college, I was invited to look hard into the mirror. The person holding the mirror was named Heather, and she told me some words that I didn’t want to hear. She told me that the life I was living didn’t align with the God I was claiming. For me, it highlighted one concrete truth…


Our actions don’t lie.


It’s a little like what happened to the prophet Isaiah when he was confronted with the absolute holiness of God. You can read the story in Isaiah 6:1-6.


In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above Him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another:


‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

   the whole earth is full of His glory.’


At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.


Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’


Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.


With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” 


I think we’re the same as Isaiah. When we’re confronted with the holiness of God (through Scripture, through another person, or through life’s circumstances), we’re also confronted with the chasm between who we think we are, and who we really are.


But that chasm doesn’t need to remain.


We can make the changes God is requiring of us and, by His grace, we can say together with Isaiah, “Here I am. Send me.”


Please watch my complete story on The Increase. I’d love to introduce you to Heather, to Dallas, and to the Jesus I’m learning to love and follow.


—Derek Carr


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