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QUIET BRILLIANCE

Von Mitchell

A few years ago, I was watching the NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Art Monk, of Washington Redskins fame, had garnered the needed votes to qualify for enshrinement. As a lifelong Broncos fan, I was only marginally interested in the show, until I heard him speak. What a testimony!

Try your best to live quietly, to mind your own business, and to work hard. … Then you will be respected by people who are not followers of the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:11–12a (CEV)

Though grateful to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Art said his football legacy did not define him. His faith in Jesus and the word of God defined him. The speech was mesmerizing. I learned recently that Art Monk received the longest ovation in Hall of Fame history. I’m not surprised. I was cheering at home!

At one point during the ceremony, I noticed a fan who was holding up a sign that said, “Art Monk—Quiet Brilliance.” I love that phrase.

Art Monk’s faith made me want to be defined by Jesus Christ and marked by his grace. Thank you, Mr. Monk, for the inspiration!


JOURNAL:
Write about the people in your life who have modeled for you a life of quiet brilliance, who have inspired you to greater faith.

—from devozine (March/April 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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