Serving Your Teammates - Kelvin Beachum

You never want to have a season like the one I have had this year. Battling through injuries and the season’s ups and downs fortifies the messaging that we’ve been talking about in house: Focus on what you can control and don’t worry about what you can’t. 

When you experience a losing streak, the media makes everything look gloomy, as if the world is about to crumble and God will be returning the next day. But that’s not the case. If you’ve been in this game long enough, you know that there will be ups and downs in the season and things won’t always go as planned. You just have to keep fighting because you never know how things will play out in the end. We had some ups and we’ve had some downs; we’ve been on both sides of the equation. At the end of the day, you just have to be the same guy day in and day out, and let the chips fall where they fall.

Early on in the year I was voted as captain, and responsibility encompassed many roles. Sometimes you have to put your arm around somebody, sometimes you have to nudge somebody, sometimes you have to support and encourage them. Sometimes you have to poke fun of them just to get the message across in a very gentle way. You have to be able to manage all the different relationships that come within the locker room and the organization as a whole. It’s about finding a way to relate to every person in your locker room and encourage and motivate them in a way that makes sense to them.

Leadership is portrayed in the Bible in many ways. Look at Moses. He was the first to say that he wasn’t qualified, that he wasn’t the guy for the job, but God chose him and he went out and executed how God wanted him to. Take a look at Jonah. He went the opposite direction of where God told him to, but because God chose him, God used him to complete his purpose anyway. 

Think about Paul, who at one point persecuted the Church and then went on to write a big portion of the New Testament. There’s Joshua, who was thrust into the position of leadership after Moses died. Joseph was cast away for many years after being sold into slavery by his brothers, then falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, then sent to the dungeon only to become second in command in Egypt. 

There are many instances where people are thrust into leadership roles and they just have to execute. You have leaders that are soft-spoken, leaders who feel like they aren’t qualified for the job, but they take on the responsibility and find a way to lead.

I didn’t go into this year thinking, “Hey, I want to be captain this year.” I just wanted to go out and serve my teammates. I get a lot of satisfaction in serving my teammates in whatever capacity that is. Being alongside teammates on the field, working in practice, gutting it through on game days, or cheerleading, I want to serve them. 

When you ask God to get the glory out of everything you do, He will get the glory when you serve your teammates, coaches and trainers, but you have to be willing to do it all in Jesus’ name. Then you are serving in whatever leadership position He’s put you in. 

— Kelvin Beachum, New York Jets left tackle

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