The NFL Draft

Who would you rather have, future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning
or the NFL's biggest draft bust and convict, Ryan Leaf?

If you are a lover of the NFL, then the draft is like Christmas morning.  All of the future NFL stars are brimming with optimism, the fans deck themselves out in their team gear, and if you’re a Redskins fan, you thank God for Robert Griffin III.

As a football fan I love the NFL draft because I love to see the names and college careers of the players that will affect the Packers’ franchise.  I celebrated as the Packers picked Derek Sherrod an Offensive Tackle from Mississippi State (2011), Bryan Bulaga an Offensive Tackle from Iowa (2010) and Clay Matthews a Linebacker from USC (2009).  However, not every pick is a home run and sometimes that person you put all your confidence in turns out to be more like Ryan Leaf than Peyton Manning.

As much potential as a player may have coming out of the draft , you never want the player to be satisfied with where they are at.  This is where coaching comes in.  If a team with poor coaching drafts a player with unlimited ability, that player will never reach their full potential.  The amount of work we put into coaching and raising up our students matters!

Alicia and I ready for the 1st round of the NFL draft, on our date night!

I am the result of parents who took a lot of very intentional time to pour into my life.  I praise God that is the case because until I was close to high school, when we got Steve as our youth pastor, I had a youth pastor who could have cared less about me.

We have a huge calling to draft and develop students who are following after Christ with all the heart, soul, mind, and body.  Our students, like future NFL players, have tremendous potential to do amazing things for God, but if we as parents and youth leaders don’t harness that potential, then our students reach their full potential!

I thank God daily for parents who are invested in their students’ lives and I pray daily for the students who aren’t as lucky.  I appreciate the fact that when the Green Bay Packers draft a player they already have a plan in mind to develop that player to fill the role that they drafted them to fill.  I was ecstactic when the Packers picked Nick Perry to be a bookend to Clay Matthews on the defense.  However, just because he ran a 4.6 40 yard dash and benched 225 lbs 35 times does not mean Perry will be successful. Coaching takes time, effort, and a plan.

How are you being intentional about drafting and coaching your students to reach their full potential?

-Jason

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