Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized
Making of a Man, by former NFL player Tim Brown, is both autobiographical as well as his perspective on “How Men and Boys Honor God and Live with Integrity.”
As Brown recounts his story he is remarkably honest. With humility and integrity he explains his successes as a professional and the mistakes he made he made in his personal life.
Each chapter either recounts a period of Tim Brown’s life or explains one of the keys he’s found to become a man who honors God with his life.
As a football fan who admired the football skills of Tim Brown, I had no idea of the depth of Brown’s early shortcomings nor the depth of his subsequent relationship with God.
The following are a few of the book’s highlights.
Men Need Mentors
Lou Holtz said, “If you continually ask yourself ‘What’s important now?’ you won’t waste time on the trivial.”
Lou Holtz was there … Even now, I don’t have the words to express the impact he had on my life. Before he came to Notre Dame, I’d never even thought about playing football professionally. When a man comes into your life and shows you something about yourself that you didn’t know was in you, it’s remarkable. The apostle Paul did that for Timothy, encouraging him to preach and teach and reminding him, “Do not neglect your gift” (1 Tim. 4:14). Paul was a mentor to Timothy, ready to point out the gifts of his protégé and willing to help develop those gifts and pass on his knowledge.
Lou Holtz did the same for me, as well as for a whole lot of other guys. That’s what a mentor does. I’ll always be grateful that he inspired me to believe in myself.
A Man Takes Responsibility
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” – John C. Maxwell
When you make a mistake, you have to deal with the fallout. That means confessing to what you’ve done, doing what you can to repair it, and accepting the result. It doesn’t mean making excuses, getting angry, or pointing fingers at someone else. The problem isn’t the person you’re pointing at, but the person you see when you look in the mirror.
I recommend this book for men, young and old, who desire to honor God with his life; especially if they are football fans.
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