Fall 2021 SS Magazine

ONE COACH: Beware of Dream Killers - Don Davis

“Never reduce your dreams to the level of the event, which is your immediate experience,” Howard Thurman.

In Genesis 37, we’re introduced to Joseph who is seventeen years old. Automatically, you either love him or hate him, depending upon your childhood experience. “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons” (Genesis 37:3). See what I mean?

Then, the Bible tells us that Joseph had a dream (Genesis 37:5). But when he told his brothers about the dream, they hated him even more. Even his father who loved him the most rebuked Joseph when he shared his dream.

Coach, do you have a dream that seems unachievable? Maybe like Joseph, you’ve shared your dream with those who are closest to you and everyone thinks you are crazy? If so, my advice to you is don’t give up on your dream.

When I am tempted to doubt the vision and lose faith in the God planted dreams that are in my heart, one of my favorite passages of scripture is Habakkuk 2:3-4: “Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”

Coach, if God has given you a dream, don’t let the dream killers in your life stand in your way or cause you to doubt. Trust in God to fulfill His promises.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

– 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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