“Why Not You?” Encouragement that Counts

gnomeFootball season is here again! I love football season, not because I love football, but because it brings back sweet memories from years past. As my children were growing—three sons and a daughter—we would all gather in the living room to watch the games. My heart would smile as I watched my husband and children jump and scream at the television set as though they were compelling the players to do better. They developed silly antics that were supposed to assist the players. When those antics failed, oh well, but when the players did well, my family would comically take the credit.

Now, living in Colorado, we are Bronco fans. We even placed a gnome—a Christmas gift whom we named Denver—dressed in a Bronco’s uniform in our living room to help us cheer. (A gnome is a fabled race of dwarflike creatures living in the earth guarding treasures.) You can imagine how excited we were last year when the Broncos went to the Super Bowl, although that excitement quickly nulled when we were cremated by the Seahawks. After that dreadful game, I saw a special on Russell Wilson, their quarterback who is also a dedicated Christian. According to worldly thinking he was apparently too small to be a NFL quarterback, but thankfully, he ignored the world’s point of view. Russell Wilson mentioned in the interview that when his stature or abilities were in question, his father would always say, “Why not you?” That “Why not you?” was drilled into his thinking until he refused to accept the premise of failure.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all parents and leaders taught their children or those under their authority, “Why not you?” Oh, that more people could be like Russell’s father! Encourage others, yourself included, to accomplish great tasks. Don’t let negativity be a part of your mindset. With God at your side, “Why not you?”

*Incidentally, Denver the gnome was banished to the corner until the Broncos won their first preseason game of 2014, which happened to be against the Seahawks.

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