This is the Time - Kelvin Beachum

Free agency is about to begin, and once again we don’t know who is going to be making the call, where we will be, nor for how long we’ll stay. What a great opportunity to put God on display! All we can do right now is pray and know that God will provide for us in whatever season is next. 

I’ve been down this road before. In fact, this is my fourth time waiting on a call. It’s an odd feeling to have no idea where you’re headed. What anchors me during this time is my relationship with God. My faith and trust in Him plays a huge role in this process. If you really and truly trust God, then who cares what happens, with whom it happens, or how? God is going to take care of the details. Yes, of course I want to know, but God will reveal that to me when the time comes. 

When I was entering the NFL Draft, I was not leaning on God properly. I was so nervous. But the Bible tells us, “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). This is the exact time we need to use this Scripture! 

This offseason has been an awesome time spent in prayer and seeking God’s Word. I know all things will work out for our good and God’s favor. I’m not leaning on the relationships I’ve built in the league, my own talent, my agent, my trainer, or anything else. I’m leaning on God alone. I know He won’t fail. 

Greater than the weight we feel with the new season’s approach is the fact that my wife, Jessica, is taking her nursing exam on April 20. This is a huge milestone for our family. Jessica started nursing school when our firstborn was 2 years old, but she had to put it on hold when we then proceeded to have two more kids back to back. Finally, we are able to celebrate and thank God in advance for what He’s going to do in her life. She is about to accomplish what she set out to do! 

It’s not often that I get to be Jessica’s cheerleader instead of her being mine. So much of the NFL scene is focused on the man’s role, but this is a chance for me to support her in her dreams. This offseason, our schedule has not revolved around my training, my eating routine, or my rehab, it’s been about her studies. So often we are catering everything around my career, or even the kids’ schedule, but this is her time. It’s humbling to realize how much my wife has done and is doing for our family. 

My eyes have been opened to know just how selfless she really is with her time and energy in our home. As NFL players, we often can get so caught up in our world being about ourselves, that when it’s flipped and focused on something or someone else, we don’t like it. I’ve been able to take a step back and relish the fact I can cheer her on during this time. 

No matter where we end up this year, we try to keep the family unit together as much as possible. If I sign with a West Coast team, our family will stay in Arizona and I’ll join them when I’m off and they’ll visit me for my games. If we sign with an East Coast team, we’ll pack up and split time, spending the offseason in Arizona and the season in whatever city we’re called to. We’re committed to building our family together as a team.

This is the time to trust. We’re committed to doing so whole-heartedly. 

— Kelvin Beachum, NFL left tackle

Kelvin Beachum is a regular contributor to The Increase and provides monthly articles and opinions. Check out Kelvin’s Increase profile here:  https://theincrease.com/author/kelvin-beachum/

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