I recently attended a CBMC event & heard a talk from Dave Rowe. He is a past superbowl champion & NBC sports broadcaster (click here to read more of his story). He has been around some of the biggest names in the NFL but he said the two people that impacted him more than any other were two men that we had never heard of: his high school football and track coaches. He said they taught him much more than football; they taught him to respect himself & others. They were CHAMPS even though they never got a ring, trophy or great recognition. As I listened to his story; I had to wonder for myself: will my life be characterized by CHAMPS regardless of the accolades, applause or awards?
What is CHAMPS? It is an acronym Dave mentioned in his speech. He said it hung above the locker room door. Dave said seeing that everyday helped him not only succeed in football but in life and that my friends is the point! Below I have copied the acronym & added a few thoughts with it.
C – Courage. We are not called to the easy. We are called to the necessary. It takes courage to stand for something & do the necessary work. Take courage b/c No plans of the enemy shall prosper! (Is. 54:17)
H - Heart. Love what you do. Put your whole heart into the arena you find yourself. Guard your heart b/c from the heart all the issues of life flow. (Prov. 4:23)
A – Attitude. Positive or negative – that determines much of how our day will unfold. Have the same attitude of Christ Jesus…(Philip. 2:5-11)
M - Mind. The real battleground. Set your mind on things above! (Col. 3:2)
P - Pride. Not arrogance but doing the very best each day – being intentional – knowing you gave it all you had. Run the race with endurance. (Heb. 12:1-3)
S – Sacrifice. We do what it takes as long as it takes. That means living a life of intentionality & consistency: two words which I believe impact every relationship we will ever have. There is no greater love than to lay your life down…(Jn. 15:13)
CHAMPS – I’ve got my eye on it! Do you? click here for a song to get you motivated.
Thanks Dave for being & living CHAMPS and helping others see they can do the same in every area of life!