“Do I have what it takes to go All In?”
It’s a question every competitor must ask and all coaches want to know of their players before any season begins. “All In” demands a drive, desire and determination to sacrifice anything and everything asked of you to help your team succeed.
Following Christ is no different. He’s looking for people willing to leave all they’ve been and all they’ve cherished behind to live their lives for Him—people who personify Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
This fall, we asked Christ-following college football players around the country, beginning with Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty,“What does it mean to go All In for Christ on and off the field?” As you watch them compete this season, may their answers motivate you to go All In for the Lord and His calling to share His message of salvation and love.
Bryce Petty – Baylor
#14 – RS-Sr./QB/Midlothian, Texas
FCA: In the game of football, what’s it mean to go All In?
BP: Football is the ultimate team game. You can’t do it alone. There are 11 guys out there and everyone has to be “All In,” giving all they’ve got in their individual roles to be successful as a team.
For me, I want to be the best in the nation on every play—whether that’s a great hand-off, a great pass, or being a good communicator on the field. When we compete like that on the field it carries over to what we do off of it, too.
FCA: How has that mindset carried over to life away from the game?
BP: During my time at Baylor, I’ve learned that football is what I do; it’s not who I am. When I began to truly understand what that meant, the sky was the limit for what I was capable of. It has freed me and given me peace to explore who I am spiritually, who God is, and what He’s doing in my life.
FCA: What has God taught you about yourself?
BP: God’s taught me that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve been, He can use you. All you have to do is be open to it.
There were 1,786 days between my final high school start and my first start at Baylor. During that time, I learned that God has a purpose and plan for me, and it’s not on my time. It’s on His. Those days were filled with fear and doubt about if I was ever going to get to play. But once I grew and matured in my faith, I learned that He was always there with open arms ready to love me. That’s the God of my life—a loving God who is with us through all of our struggles. And once you taste that love, I don’t know how you wouldn’t want to be All In for Him.
FCA: How do you feel God goes All In for us?
BP: God went All In by sacrificing His Son for us. Going to the cross to pay the price for our sins was the ultimate example of what an All In life lived for others looks like.
And now, in my life, the definition of going All In for others is love. Jesus has called us to love like He did—people we don’t know or who might be considered unlovable.
FCA: How do you want people to remember your time at Baylor?
BP: When people look back on my career here, I want them to say that I was All In. That I gave it all I had. That I never left anything to doubt regarding my effort, preparation and being a good teammate. I want people to say that I was a passionate guy who loved people and played the game of football for God’s glory.
By FCA | FCA.ORG
Posted on Sat, November 1, 2014
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