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As a Man Thinks in His Heart

Stories of people overcoming self-imposed limitations fascinate us all.  Whatever the profession or field, there are thousands and thousands of successful people that had someone give them a “push” that vaulted them into a great career.  Sometimes, that “push” did not come because of the work that was being done.  Another person saw the potential that was not being realized and determined that something had to be done to unleash the strength, wisdom, creativity, and finesse that was hidden in the recesses of a person within their tutelage or influence.

Who can forget April, 2009, when a portly and somewhat strange acting woman stepped on stage of Britain’s Got Talent?  Like millions of others, I did not see the show “live”, but was one of the 100 million worldwide that saw the post on social media following her performance.  That was the night that the world heard the clear and melodious sounds from the voice of Susan Boyle.  She has Asperger’s syndrome with an above average IQ.  Her mother encouraged her to audition for the show to let people other than her local Catholic church hear her sing.  The rest is history.  The world is grateful for a mom that encouraged her to “stretch” beyond where she was comfortable.

During a practice session for the Green Bay Packers, things were not going well for Vince Lombardi’s team. Lombardi singled out one big guard for his failure to “put out.” It was a hot, muggy day when the coach called his guard aside and leveled his awesome vocal guns on him, as only Lombardi could. “Son, you are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, and you’re not putting out. As a matter of fact, it’s all over for you today, go take a shower.” The big guard dropped his head and walked into the dressing room. Forty- five minutes later, when Lombardi walked in, he saw the big guard sitting in front of his locker still wearing his uniform. His head was bowed and he was sobbing quietly. 

Vince Lombardi, ever the changeable but always the compassionate warrior, did something of an about face that was also typical of him. He walked over to his football player and put his arms around his shoulder. “Son,” he said, “I told you the truth. You are a lousy football player. You’re not blocking, you’re not tackling, and you’re not putting out. However, in all fairness to you, I should have finished the story. Inside of you, son, there is a great football player, and I’m going to stick by your side until the great football player inside of you has a chance to come out and assert himself.” 

With these words, Jerry Kramer straightened up and felt a great deal better. As a matter of fact, he felt so much better he went on to become one of the all-time greats in football and was recently voted the all-time guard in the first 50 years of professional football.  (Copied).

Do you know someone that needs a “nudge” to step out in faith?  Is that person “you”?  Remember, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as unto the Lord.” (Col.3:23).