Stay Passionate! Be a Scramblin Fran!

Sometimes I think it is just time for us to pray that the Holy Spirit works in us by energizing our passion for Him and life. I am a passionate person, always have been and I hope and pray to God that I always stay passionate. I have learned to tame it down in recent years, but I think that’s a mistake. I’m afraid that I have taken my passions and squelched them, instead of redirecting them in the right way. Passion is a gift that God gives some of us, but it doesn’t mean that we all can’t have it. Pray for it and passion will give your life new meaning and purpose. Like it did for Fran Tarkenton. Many of you may have never heard that name, but Fran Tarkenton  is a Hall of Fame Quarterback. He was only 6’0” tall, but he was a force on the football field. Not because he could run over you, but because other teams couldn’t catch him. He was nicknamed “Scramblin’ Fran.” He was amazing, but he should of never made it to the NFL, he should of never become the QB of his college football team. He only shared once about how he became the starting QB of his college team by a passionate fluke. Georgia (his college team) was playing the University of Texas and things were pretty bad that day. Georgia was getting killed. Tarkenton was the third-string quarterback at that time and it didn’t look like he would ever rise above that position. But on that particular day, Fran did something that only someone overwhelmed with passion and wanting to do something to help his team would do. Georgia was having a difficult time moving the ball the entire game. So bad, that late in the third quarter they hadn’t ever gotten a first down yet. So, with Georgia deep inside their own territory, Fran did something that even he was amazed by. Suddenly this young third-string quarterback just started trotting onto the field. No one had told him to do it, he just did it. The starting quarterback saw him coming onto the field and he assumed that the coach had said enough is enough and was sending out the third-stringer to try to put some fire into the rest of the offense. Tarkenton took charge of the team and led them down the field for a touchdown and the rest is history`. This started him on one of the most illustrious careers in football. Can you imagine a player in any position on a major college team having that much passion that he would just run onto the field. That takes passion and confidence. Well, if we are going to stand up in today’s world, we are going to need passion and confidence that God will use us if we step out into the world carrying his light and love. It’s going to take the passion of a guy like Benaiah, from the O.T. that was one of David’s might men. He was a man of passion. We read a brief resume of his life in 2 Sam. 23:20-22, “He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. Once armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear out of his hand and killed him with it. Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the Three Mightiest Warriors. He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty…” Are we willing today to ask God for that kind of passion. Try it, maybe God is waiting for one person to chase down a lion today! You can be that person.

Published by advicefromyourunclerobin

Robin is a Pastor, has been for 40 years. He is married to Jayme and together they have 7 children. Candace, Courtney, Cassidy, Caleb, Kally, Collin & Jacob. Robin & Jayme have great and awesome grandchildren. He loves his Webb City Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals. He also tries to go golfing and fly fishing whenever he can - but not nearly enough.

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