It is February of 2018 already. Time flies, and I say that with all respect in the world for time, given that four-and-a-half years ago I sat in a room at Duke University Oncology with an IV in my arm delivering toxic chemicals into my system in hopes of beating down the leukemia cells that had taken over 95% of my blood.
Recently I was having breakfast with a friend at my favorite diner. We had a wonderful conversation about our families and how much we enjoy being dads. My friend was sharing how much he appreciated my book, THE QB MENTOR, and he commented on some of the amazing things that my son, Shawn, one of the two main characters in the book, had accomplished on the football field in high school.
"The key is always to follow your passion. And that’s all I ever recommend others do. After all the hours of classroom and field work with our quarterback students, you still never know who it is going to effect, or when you are going to inspire one to change the lives of thousands either on or off the field." - Coach Wilson
With THE QB MENTOR out in ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and the paperback available for Christmas delivery via the website www.qbmentorbook.com, I found myself reading through some of the old notes from the classes that Coach Wilson had given to my son Shawn over the past 18 months and something he shared in one class really hit me.
Over the weekend, I had the chance to sponsor, along with All Pro Dad and Heart Of A Warrior/ZOWEH Ministries the private and free showing of Woodlawn to our Durham community at the Southpoint Mall Theatres. We sold out the first showing in 2 days, so we upgraded to a 200+ seat theatre for Thursday night, and then booked another showing primarily for the Durham Eagles Pop Warner football organization teams and the Wake County Cowboys to see the show on Sunday afternoon. Both showings were emotional for all in attendance; from coaches to parents, and from players to pastors, the message of love sunk in.
I had a wonderful experience playing golf at the Hooptee Celebrity Tournament in Charlotte, NC at the beautiful Ballantyne Resort and Golf Club. It was so rewarding to see so many of our athletic heroes from growing up, now aging, and still giving back and using the platform of their fame to endorse and help kingdom causes.
The other day, I was sitting at my desk processing some emails when my cell phone buzzed. It was Coach Wilson. I always enjoy our chats as there is no telling where they may lead, but usually I end up in an encouraged place with greater perspective than just minutes before. Today was no different...