This past week I sat down with Coach Swinney, one of the wisest and most honorable man I know. Every morning, the Clemson football staff does a devotion that sets the tone for the day and the remainder of the week. On this day, he had the pleasure of speaking to the group (although there is not a day that goes by where he doesn’t voice his opinion on any given subject). The message that he shared with the group that day was called “Love it All.”
Everyone that I’ve had an opportunity to meet has a different story and different views about life as a whole, but the one thing that is consistent is hardships and pitfalls along the course of their journey. Every disappointment, failure, and setback shapes you. You have to remember that we don’t live an “easy” life. Whether you think it comes simple or complicated, or whether you are poor or wealthy, everyone is going through things. There are travelers going down your same path, so remember you’re not alone! Sometimes the bad outweighs the good but through it all, there is always joy. Every negative person surrounding you should remind you of how sweet the positives are. Every heartache hardens your emotions, but each moment where we smile and laugh softens them once again. We cycle through the same feelings on a daily basis, but how blessed are we to not live a “normal life,” for the true champions don’t let fear run or motivate them… but love!
One of my favorite bible verses, and one that Coach Swinney reminds us of is Galatians 6:9, which reads, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” During the course of my life, football has presented me with opportunities to experience a little bit of everything including, the good, bad, and the indifferent. It has definitely taken some years off of me, but I wouldn’t change any of it. The trials, the tribulations, and the mystery are all worth it in the end! It makes your story, your journey, and your legacy unlike any other.