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Colt McCoy:Redefining the MVP

“They got a name for the winners in the world

I want a name when I lose..”

– Donald Fagan and William Becker

We’ve all seen it a hundred times before.

The media star athlete taking a moment to thank “the Man upstairs” for their moment of glory.

Let’s face it, in ego driven days like these when the Holy Trinity has been redefined as “Me, Myself and I”, even a smidgen of humility seems refreshing.

But have you noticed that the giving of thanks sounds a little hollow when offered under a shower of champagne?

And not just when the Deity gets credit when an artist wins a Grammy for “The Most Soul Corroding Video of the Year”.

And when nonbelievers watch winners sharing their platform with the Almighty,  a few less than comfortable theological questions get raised.


If this athlete, actor, musician or politician is thanking God for this victory, does that mean they would also be blaming God if they lost?

Let’s face it,  we all tend to suspect that most of these usual suspects who give God the glory in triumph would just as easily be taking His Name in vain if they had dropped the pass, missed the pitch or watched a rival walk off with the award they were convinced they deserved.

But occasionally we come across an individual that scrambles our jaded sensibilities.

An individual whose relationship with God is the same – win or lose.

And especially, when they lose.

Consider the case of University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

A Heisman Trophy finalist, McCoy saw his life long dream come true when his Longhorns took on Alabama’s Crimson Tide in the BCS National Championship Game.

But early on, disaster struck.

McCoy was hit from behind in a pile up after a running play.

The impact caused his entire right arm to go numb.

McCoy ended up watching his team mates lose a close game from the sidelines.

An entire life devoted to realizing this moment, only to be denied the chance to play when the moment came.

How to deal with seeing your greatest dreams crumble and fade away?

Colt McCoy’s answer was stunning.

“I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life. And I know that if nothing else, I’m standing on the Rock,” McCoy stated.

“I want people to know that having a personal relationship with Christ is probably the biggest decision that any of us will make. It goes deeper than going to church, than just acting like a Christian,” McCoy wrote for the group’s Web site. “It goes with really deeply knowing and coming to know Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him.”
Who knew that Colt McCoy would get the opportunity to demonstrate the reality of those words as he faced what must have been the biggest disappointment of his life?
And this is where we find a principle that is applicable in the lives of every Christian who wants to be used by God to impact the lives of others.
As soon as it becomes known in our home, school, workplace or neighborhood that we are Christians, nonbelievers will start watching our lives to see if what we say we believe is real.
Sometimes we think we are making the most headway when people see us being blessed.
But the fact of the matter is, the greatest impression is made not when we are thanking God for victories, but when we are the same person in the shadow of defeat.
Anyone can be a “sunshine soldier” for Christ.
But when people see that Jesus is more than just a good luck charm, or a way to get what we want out of life, that is when a real testimony begins.
Colt McCoy will undoubtedly have his share of ups and downs in his walk with God. We all do.
But for one shining moment at the national championship game he redefined the initials MVP – from Most Valuable Player to “Most Verifiable Personal Relationship With Christ”.

Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,  having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (I Peter 2:12-13)

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