Josh Irby

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Monday Motivation: Coach Taylor

In honor of the Super Bowl XLVII, a football themed Monday Motivation.

A few years ago, my wife and I started watching a TV show called Friday Night Lights. It is pure Texas football. In the pilot episode, Coach Taylor leads his nationally ranked Dillon Panthers into what most expect to be a State Championship season. However, Dillon’s star quarterback is seriously injured in the opening game.

The season appears over.

Coach Taylor addresses his team after the loss. He speaks of brokenness, but also the hope lying on the other side of it. Perhaps this prayer is good reminder not only for the start of this week, but every week after.

“Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable, and we will all, at some point in our lives… fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts… that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us, and when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times, it is this pain, that allows us to look inside ourselves.


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