Just to prove you can’t, try


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Legendary football coach Chuck Knox

Then-new L.A. Rams football coach Chuck Knox told his players that his squad would be 1) tougher, 2) smarter, and 3) in better condition. Walk-on Rob Scribner figured he wouldn’t make the team, but he tried out just to prove himself right.

But those words energized Scribner for what they omitted. They left out a key word in sports: “talent.” Scribner figured he lacked the raw talent for NFL level to make the team. But he knew he could work hard at being tougher and get in better condition. While other guys were out drinking, he’d be studying his plays to be smarter.

ce9f0fde980ecd37069ccd6fe7a9c800d268923dIn the end, Scribner made the team and played four years. Of him, Knox said, “Scribner was one of my all-time great guys.”

Lots of people have limitless talent. Not everybody is willing to roll up the sleeves, dig in and sweat a gallon. Too many pastors, leaders, and church members are set on cruise control. They’re lazy.

Rob Scribner RC Cola

Scribner, at right

Too many are unwilling to log the hours in prayer or sacrifice their time in service. Is cleaning the church beneath you? Can you give up personal entertainment options to set yourself apart for His service. Do you want to charge the church for your expertise and talent? Are you getting “smarter” by reading your Bible?

images-2Today Scribner is my pastor, at the Lighthouse Church in Santa Monica. His phenomenal work ethic, his tenacity, his vision continue to inspire new generations of dragon-slayers. There’s genius in “just showing up” to  rule the world, as they say.

20 responses to “Just to prove you can’t, try

  1. love your posts on prayer!

  2. That’s great! I love the idea – just try it to prove you can’t – perfect

  3. Love it! What a great idea!

  4. My husband at dinner time tonight asked me if I read your post yet, because “it was a good one”….he is right. Thanks, for sharing your wise words.

  5. I’m touched to see this post honoring your pastor

  6. This is an AWESOME WORD!

  7. Thanks for telling us about him.

  8. I am inspired by this line “Lots of people have limitless talent. Not everybody is willing to roll up the sleeves, dig in and sweat a gallon.”

  9. Thanks for this reminder to work hard and faithfully.

    And thank you for stopping to read “Bread of Life? No, Thank You.”

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