THIS IS EPISODE 555 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
Molly McManimie is the vice president of client services with Caric Sports. As an NFL player agent, she represents clients and negotiates contracts with NFL teams.
An Arizona native, McManimie got her law degree from Chapman University (Orange, Calif.) and has spent the past three years working with Caric Sports and president Steve Caric in Las Vegas as one of the few female NFL agents.
Today on the podcast, we talk to McManimie about being an agent on NFL cut weekend before the season begins, the difficulty of being a female agent, why the right “yes” is worth waiting for, getting baptized in 2019 as an adult, and the importance for her to not get caught up in her ego and keep God at the center of her life.
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Tomorrow we start the second half of 2020. There’s a lot of time for this year to be great. This verse always comes up when people are going through a challenging period. One day I finally read the full chapter this verse comes from, and I think it’s a lesson we all need to sit in right now. In Jeremiah 29, he writes a letter to the captives in Babylon to discourage them from believing in the false prophets and the false promises the prophets were giving for a quick release from captivity. Instead, Jeremiah tells them God has promised to return them to their land in 70 years, and to make the best of where they were by building a life where they were taken. Which is where the famous verse comes in, Jeremiah 29:11 stating, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Essentially, God is asking them to trust in Him for seventy years. Seventy. Years. Obviously, for some of them, this meant the reward wasn't coming during their lifetime. I took two things from this: first, sometimes we are planting seeds and investing in things that might not produce rewards we will personally experience on earth. God's requests often require us to do hard things that work toward His plans as whole, not just ours individually. Second, He told them to make the best of where they were. Sometimes we are in places that don't make sense and we ask ourselves why God would place us in such a position. I mean, He literally told the captives that them being captive was His plan. That would be hard to grapple with. I've questioned what God is doing and why everything that’s happened in 2020 has been in His plan more times than I’d like to admit. But this is part of surrendering control and your life to Christ. It's not all pretty. It's not all comfortable. But, God will reward us if we are productive in His name and view every situation with a grateful heart, not just those situations that make sense or feel good. We are in the middle of a turning point in history for more reasons than one. Sit in the discomfort. Go where you’re lead. Trust in God. He’s using us in a big way in 2020.