This week, Case Keenum will take the starting Quarterback position from a healthy Matt Schaub in the Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts. This is a notable accomplishment, especially considering that Keenum was a third-string side-liner just a few weeks ago. Schaub suffered an injury against the St. Louis Rams that led to the normal backup, T.J. Yates, filling in for a lackluster performance to finish the game. Most Houston fans have been calling for the former University of Houston Superstar, Keenum, to take the reigns for the Texans.
Big opportunities present themselves in the least convenient ways. They hardly ever arrive at the time we wanted or in a way that we expected. When an opportunity finds its way into our life, we are faced with the decision to play it safe or try to accomplish something exceptional. Just as character is measured by what you do when others are not watching, courage is measured by the choice made, not to try, but to really “go for it”.
The potential of failure and all of the feelings that go with it (embarrassment, shame, defeat, depression) are the biggest deterrent to doing anything. However, failure is also the biggest tool that we benefit from in the good ole’ trial and error process of learning. We are all trying to live our lives to the best of our ability. Our biggest hope is that we will be able to leave a legacy (preferably something great) without screwing it up. Of course, the biggest factor in accomplishing something great is to recognize when you’ve been given an opportunity for greatness.
This is my legacy. As I become less young, I realize more each day how important fatherhood is to the story of who I am. Who I work for, how much money I have, and other things I could do are entirely minuscule in comparison. I’ve been charged by appointment from the Almighty Father for this opportunity to show these young people to be God-fearing, responsible, people who, I’m sure, will go on to accomplish great things of their own. I’ve been blessed with a fantastic example of an earthly father to use as a sort of guide-book on how to handle things with patience. I recognize my opportunity and I accept the challenge to rise to greatness. I’m certain that I will have some failure and disappointment along the way. This is how I will learn and be groomed for achieving greatness.
I’m going for it! Here’s hoping that Case Keenum and I don’t screw it up.