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December 17, 2017 11:01 pm

3 Things I Learned from the Team of Destiny.


1. What we believe we become.

I have to admit. I expected Auburn to win last night even with only three seconds left in the game. Auburn football is anything but predictable. Their 2013 football team has been labeled a team of destiny. What does that mean? It means they expected to win. One would think the long hours of practice, the brutal workout schedules or even the direction of Gus Malzahn, who won the 2013 SEC Coach of the Year among numerous other awards, would drive the Tigers to have the incredible season they had. However; I believe they advanced because the Tigers believed they were meant to advance.

What would happen if we believed in destiny? It would mean that maybe, just maybe, we were meant to win. Even Jesus himself said, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” (Matthew 9:29) My faith tells me I’m destined for greatness. What does your faith say? What do you believe about yourself? How you answer those questions will determine the outcome. You’re in control of your life. Destiny can be on your side as well. What you believe you become.

2. Don’t listen to stupid people.

Seriously, how many people stated Auburn couldn’t win this year? How many people created a Facebook post saying there’s no way for Auburn to beat Alabama and have a chance at the coveted crystal football? Though Auburn didn’t win the championship, they still held their own and played one heck of a game against Florida. When referring to the critics of Auburn football, “Stupid” might be the wrong word; however, “unqualified” is not. I’m willing to bet that not one of the Auburn Tigers stated, “This is not our year,” or “There is no way we could possibly win.” People on the sideline are not qualified to speak against players. Spectators can build up players or tear them down. Spectators can speak life or they can speak death. However, the player reserves the right to listen to one and ignore the other. The words of the coach hold more power than the words of the spectator. This year an Auburn Tiger chose to listen to the words of a coach and not those of a critic.

In my life, I reserve the right not to listen to stupid people. You have that right as well. Find your coaches. Coaches are the ones you give permission to speak into your life. Coaches hold you accountable because you ask them to do so. Now, listen to your coaches, receive from your fans, and ignore the critics. Critics don’t hold a place of authority in your life. Therefore, when they speak, don’t listen.

3. Sometimes all we need is one more second.

The 2013 Iron Bowl proved that sometimes all we need is one more second. When it looks as though we’ve lost, sometimes all we need is to allow ourselves one more second. One second to push again, to refocus, to show the world that we are winners. Even when time runs out, the game’s not over unless we accept defeat. Try again. Keep going. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” -Thomas Edison (The inventor of the phonograph…and some other stuff.) Even Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, understands the importance of one more second. (See video below, wait for 1:07) He’s pretty smart, a trait he more than likely received as an Auburn Alumni. Cook and myself do have somethings in common besides our love for Apple products; we both believe in Auburn and love it. War Eagle.


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