Mark Ingram, the Heisman Trophy, and You

Few would have considered Mark as a future Heisman Trophy winner when he was in high school.  He was certainly a good player.  He averaged almost 9 yards per carry as a senior.  But, he was only ranked as the 58th best running back in the nation by Scout.com and the 189th overall prospect by Rivals.com (source: Tuscaloosa News, 11.27.09).  I don’t know, but some may have thought twice when he was offered a scholarship by a tier one team.

Today everyone who knows anything about college football knows who Mark Ingram is.  I would say he exceeded expectations.

Here’s the question:  “What if Mark had believed what many others thought about him, that he was good, but nowhere near the best?”  I imagine that statue would have gone home with someone else.  I don’t know Mark personally, but I’m guessing that proper self-confidence and an optimistic appraisal about what he could do on a football field were contributing factors to his success.

Here’s the application:  What others think about your ability to succeed, does not determine the ultimate outcome.  It’s what you believe about yourself that’s important.  If you believe you can get it done, that’s a giant step forward.

Here’s your mantra:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

That’s right, you can do it, but you can’t do it alone.  I am confident that Mark would be the first to say he didn’t win the Heisman by himself.  But he did win it.  He had confidence in himself (regardless of the opinion of some others), he had help, and he produced.

You and I can do the same thing: maybe not with the Heisman, but definitely with our Christian lives.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV)

Counsel:  Forget what others may have told you about yourself.  Forget what you may have told yourself.  Listen to what God says.  Live your life based on that.  Through Jesus, you’ll win!

… I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 NKJV)

… In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NKJV)

… For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

… He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 NKJV)

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