ONE COACH – Multiplying Peace – Don Davis

Brunswick head coach Rich Nowak pauses to pray with his team in 2006. (Photo Courtesy: Beth Rankin/CC License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode)

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,” 2 Peter 1:2-3

When I retired from the NFL, I immediately started coaching. The hardest things about that transition was the drastic difference in schedules. As a player, you know during the season you will have one day off each week, and during the off-season, you have weekends off to be with family. However, as a coach you have hardly any days off, whether in season or offseason. After only one year, I just didn’t have peace in my spirit about continuing.

Have you ever made a decision and then later didn’t feel peace in your heart about it? In 2 Peter 1:2, the apostle Paul says that peace can be multiplied in our lives. How? In the knowledge of God.

The Bible is full of examples that show God’s promises and provision to those who were less than perfect. It also tells us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That means that if God has done it before, He can do it again. There have been times in my life when I began to get discouraged thinking I would never see the answer to prayer. It’s during these times that I meditate on God’s Word and claim the promises of God. This doesn’t always end with the answer I was looking for, but it brings peace to my heart. I pray that the peace of God will be multiplied in your life as you grown in the knowledge of God.

– Don Davis is the Senior Director of Player Affairs for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and is responsible for advancing and overseeing the management of varying aspects of player labor issues.

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