sharing the victory

In an interview last week with Sharing the Victory magazine, Drew Brees, MVP quarterback in last weekend's Superbowl, talked about how his faith affects his life and his game:
“I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart on my 17th birthday...Before that, I'd gone to church with my family, but I didn't fully understand it or accept it... I remember my pastor talking about God 'looking for a few good men.' All of a sudden the light bulb went [on] in my head and I was like, 'Hey, that's me; I can be one of those few good men!'”

When asked what that meant, Brees answered:
“It means that you trust in the Lord, you trust that He has a plan for your life. You trust that He's never going to put anything in front of you that's too hard for you…so no matter what comes your way, you'll overcome it and it will make you stronger. [It's] the ability to influence—in a positive way—so many other people, and just be able to spread the blessings that God has bestowed upon you.”

He also talked of his career-changing injury:
“When I had that San Diego, I felt that was the worst thing that could've ever happened to me at the worst time—potentially career-ending—and you start to feel sorry for yourself. You start to ask, 'Why me, why now?' I looked back a year after that—after I'd already been [in New Orleans] a year—and I said, 'You know what, God? That was probably the BEST thing that could've happened to me!' ...Otherwise, I would've never had the opportunity to be a part of this community, to be a part of this rebuilding effort. I feel like I'm a mentally tougher, and stronger person for it; both with my job as a professional football player, as a husband, soon after as a father, and then with my faith.”

Sharing the Victory 2/2/10

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