You May Be The Only 'Bible' People Experience - Kelvin Beachum

There was one message that was heavy on my heart throughout this past season, and that was the idea of the blessing in uncertainty. I had no idea just how uncertain this season would be. 

My wife and I have agreed that it’s been a blessing to go through such a time as this because it puts your faith and trust in God on display. It also allows you to see the human nature of how fragile we are. I become concerned about what’s going to happen after my contract is up, where my daughter is going to go to school next year, and when/if we should pack up the house. But at the end of the day, if you believe God has a plan for you and He knows what’s in store for you, it’s all in His hands. We are trusting God to do whatever He chooses to do and we’re excited for whatever chapter He opens and whatever chapter He closes. No matter what, we will praise Him. 

The Bible talks about being content in whatever state you’re in. This offseason, my wife and I are all about family time. We are investing in our marriage and our family in ways we haven’t been able to in many years. We’re choosing to be thankful for such a season.

I’ve had teammates question how I’m able to stay positive in certain situations whether I have an injury or have just come off a hard loss. All I can tell them is that it’s by no other power but God’s. Each day you see teammates and teammates see you, so I ask myself, “Can my teammates testify for me?” Is my life something people see and know that the hand of God is on me, even if they are not Christ-followers? Can others tell there’s something different about me? The thing is, we may be the only “Bible” that others experience. 

To be able to walk in a fashion that is glorifying to God — not being boastful or arrogant, but being confident in Jesus — is powerful. I want to walk confidently in His death, burial and resurrection, knowing I’m a child of the King. We have been chosen, a royal priesthood. When we are able to be confident, people will take notice. Love others and accept them for who they are. Maybe you can’t condone what they do or don’t do, but you can love them for who God has made them to be. If you are praying for them and serving them with your heart in the right place, they will know and experience a bit of Christ. 

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” — Colossians 1:9-10

— Kelvin Beachum, New York Jets left tackle

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