Updated: Jan 10, 2022
There were many parts of our weekend in Tampa that could be deemed a highlight, sharing a meal with new friends, the outreach around the city, the Bible studies, and going to church together Sunday morning, the list could go on! Another aspect of the weekend worth highlighting was our guest speaker, Doug Gilcrease. Doug is the former Chaplin for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has worked with Athletes In Action since 1989.
Doug shared some great advice for those wanting to be successful in the sports industry.
Firstly, believers need credibility. As a believer, what does that mean? Read Psalm 78:72, “And David shepherded them with the integrity of heart; with skillful hands, he led them.” This verse highlights the two important parts of credibility; character and competency.
The Integrity of Heart; Character
The three characteristics of a good leader that Doug shared with us are:
Honesty - be true to yourself and your beliefs first and foremost, it’s easy to get lost in the temptation and lies that lurk around every corner but hard to find your way back to who you are if you’ve compromised along the way
Humility - 1 Peter 5:5-6 “In the same way, you who ar4e younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
Endurance - obedience to finish the race set before you!
“Every day we have the chance to change somebody’s eternity.” - Doug Gilcrease
With Skillful Hands He Led; Competency
Be a lifelong learner! - Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
This simple message is a great reminder to be in God’s Word daily and surround yourself with those who share the same beliefs and values.
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