Fall 2021 SS Magazine

ONE COACH: Character, When No One is Looking - Don Davis

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

In Genesis 39, we learn that Joseph had found favor with Potiphar. So much that Potiphar put him in charge of his entire household and entrusted everything he owned to Joseph (Genesis 39:4). Throughout the story of his life, Joseph continues to prove that he is a man with integrity.

The Bible tells us that Joseph was well built and handsome (Genesis 39:6) and Potiphar’s wife took notice of Joseph (Genesis 39:7). She even tried to sleep with him when no one was around, but he refused. Coach, have you ever been tempted to do something you knew was wrong, but you tried to talk yourself into it by saying, “What’s the harm, no one will know anyway.”

We don’t know if Joseph was tempted or not, but what we do know is Joseph understood that even though he probably could have gotten away with sleeping with Potiphar’s wife, God would have known, and Joseph was much more concerned about what God would think of him than the options of others. Maybe you’re doing something that you shouldn’t be doing and you are saying to yourself, “Things will be different when _ _ _ _.” I pray that you will repent and turn to God (Acts 3:19).

When I am tempted to do something when no one is looking or when I think no one will find out, I try to remember what Luke said in Luke 16:10: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”

Additional Reading: 1 Kings 3-5, 1 Samuel 18-20; Psalm 11, 59.

– 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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