Lessons from Football….and I don’t know football!


My husband loves football, my son loves football, my other sons know football. And then there is me. But I do live in O-H-I-O….so I hear quite a bit about the Buckeyes.

Today, at church, three of the Buckeye football players spoke. The Buckeyes hold the nations longest current winning streak….so they understand pressure.

Two things stuck out to me.

#1- A comment was made as each player took turns introducing one another. When introducing the team captain the statement was made that, ‘he is our leader, and sometimes a leader has to be the bad guy.’ (I didn’t record this but was writing as fast as I could, so I am not claiming exact quotes)

The statement rang true to me because when I am training a horse, to be the leader sometimes also means being the bad guy.

#2-The question was asked: How has your faith affected you as a football player?

Joshua Perry-Fearlessly be yourself

CJ Barnett- No matter what happens, if I make the play or don’t make the play (you all might be mad at me….lots of laughter at this) but Gods not

Michael Bennett-It is all part of the plan

Yes, these are my shortened notes to their answers but even so the truth rings clear.

I don’t know much about football. But then again I don’t need to.

Gods lessons and truths ring clear in horses, football and life.


  1. Maureen Wilhelm on October 21, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Wow, what wonderful words. I love Joshua Perry comment “fearlessly be yourself” Sometimes its fearful to stand up for whats right and lead when its now popular with others. I pray that we can be “fearless” especially for our beliefs. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Betty Jo Arnold on October 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I LOVE you last comment…”God’s lessons and truth ring clear in horses, football, and life”…that is so true. God has taught me many lessons about my relationship with HIm through my horses and my relationship with them. God uses everything to draw us to Himself. I pray He richly blesses you in all you do!

  3. Me on October 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Amen and thank you Stacy for not hiding your faith. God Bless you and yours.

  4. Patricia A. Woodruff on October 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Yes, Stacy, that is really a correct statement where a leader has to mean sometimes, I can see that in my own job. I work in Pre school and am training a new worker and I notice that I have to come across slightly mean, not harsh, but she is responding to my firmness and she is learning quickly. I am teaching her that pre school in NOT a ” free-for-all” and the whole class is allowed to jump all over her as if they are all in her living room. so it pays off to be firm, stick to the rules and be consistent. She likes me and wants to learn more.
    Keep up the great work with JAC, I can see he LOVES YOU as I have been watching your training hours.

  5. Janet on October 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    God’s gifts are so precious, good, bad or indifferent. I cherish everyone with and open heart. For I am his small human ready, and willing to learn and praise him. I have learned not to question but give thanks for what he has bestowed up me. Thanks Stacy.

  6. Pat LaCroix on October 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Amen! Learn to not question what God has in store for us, just take it as it is given to us!

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