Football player finds discipline, discipleship through BCM at Jacksonville State


Ten and a half years ago I made the single greatest decision of my life. With the direction of Pastor Sid Cottingham and my father, I found Jesus Christ to be my one and only Savior. Since that day I have dreamed of traveling to places like Somalia, China and India to spread the great news of a risen King. Trips came and went, but I never could seem to get my hands on a plane ticket because of football workouts, baseball games or travel basketball. My schedule was always packed with sports and other extracurricular activities, leaving a void in my spiritual life. I always felt as if I was not doing enough. I was not dreaming high enough or reaching my full potential like the Lord had planned for me. That all changed when I moved to Jacksonville State University (JSU) to play ball.

‘What am I doing here?’

Moving away from “momma” was very tough for me. But leaving my church in Cullman was twice as hard. I had made lifelong friends and accountability partners I could rely on every day to see me through. Let me add that JSU was not my first choice. I had dreams and opportunities to play football in the SEC. But after spending one day on the Jacksonville campus I could feel the Lord pulling on my heartstrings to come here. So I did, having no clue what I was getting into. Soon summer workouts, two-a-day practices and many meetings began and I was in way over my head. I remember lying in my bed countless nights asking myself, “What am I doing here?” After weeks of prayer and fellowship I finally figured it out. I was here for discipline and discipleship.

I was not in a foreign country that persecuted Christians. I was not confined to a basement for preaching. I was stranded in a college environment full of sin and trials. I found it very hard to bring up my faith in any part of my weekly schedule. Then I bumped into a red-headed man at the end of football practice passing out popsicles. Hellos turned into conversations, conversations turned into meetings and meetings turned into Bible studies. (Continued…)

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