Over the last few years, many prominent professional athletes have used their platforms to spread divisive messages that alienate many of their fans and undermine the values of the nation in which they’ve been propelled to fame and privilege.
While they don’t get anywhere near the attention that these controversial figures get, however, several Christian athletes have quietly and humbly used their platform to glorify God and spread His message of hope and salvation to the world.
One such athlete is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson, who recently took to Twitter to share some of what he’s learned in his own walk with the Lord and to encourage his 5.5 million followers to seek the peace of God as well.
“Peace of God.”
Phil 4:7 pic.twitter.com/GegBtFff3w
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 17, 2021
In a video posted to Twitter which he filmed in front of his locker, Russel asked, “Y’all ever go to bed, and you’re tossing and turning and can’t sleep?”
“Your minds running … all these different things whether it’s big or small, whatever it may be, you can’t find that peace and a lot of times we’re trying to find the peace of me, the peace of you, the peace of us.”
He pointed to Philippians 4:7, which reads, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
“That’s the kind of peace that I want to have – the peace of God,” Wilson stated. “I challenge us to try to search for that. And a lot of times what happens is that we run our own thoughts, our own ideas – we’re constantly thinking about what we want to do, how we want to fix it, how we want to handle this, and we want to do that.”
He also urged his followers to consider what Jesus would do.
“I think the biggest thing that we have to connect to is the promise of God,” Wilson explained. “Actually, reading the Scripture and understanding what He wants for us and what He wants for me. I know for me personally, that’s what I’ve been working on. Not trying to find my own peace. I want the peace of God.”
CBN News notes that Wilson and his wife, Ciara, are outspoken Christians and went viral earlier this year after they were photographed in worship at church.
Wilson was also awarded the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his COVID-19 relief efforts and philanthropy.
In his acceptance speech, he paraphrased the powerful words of 1 Corinthians 13 which outline agape love.
“To America, to the world, love is patient, love is kind, love changes things,”The great Walter Payton once said, ‘We are stronger together than we are alone’,” he continued. “Dad, I think Walter was right. To the young boy or girl who has a dream, who wants to make a difference. Remember this one thing, love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love changes things. Thank you.”
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