18 At that time the disciples came up and asked Jesus, Who then is [really] the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And He called a little child to Himself and put him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].
4 Whoever will humble himself therefore and become like this little child [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving] is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 18:1-4 AMPC
Be humble as little children
In 2007, when we played against Alabama, I talked a lot of trash and was showboating. In the picture above one of the wide receivers from Alabama was hit coming across the middle. I then proceeded to taunt him. I was raising my foot in the air talking trash. This type of behavior is not pleasing to God. Usually, taunting would cause a flag but for some reason the refs did not call it.
Earlier in the same year during football training camp, I would fight almost every day. I was prideful and really did not know my identity. I tried to find my identity through secular rap music but it led me to walking in disobedience to God.
My senior year is when I decided to humble myself and play for God's glory. I did not fight at all during training camp and I did not talk any trash at all. When I made big plays I gave glory to God. When I humbled myself and glorified God, I believe God honored me by making me a Sporting News 1st Team All-American.
11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled (ranked below others who are honored or rewarded), and he who humbles himself (keeps a modest opinion of himself and behaves accordingly) will be exalted (elevated in rank).
Luke 14:11 AMPC
*Video is from my senior year at Florida State making plays and giving God the glory!