Cris Carter #1, Benjamin Watson #2

bebraveNFL football and MLB baseball make up the love language in my marriage. This is not something I changed in myself once I got married to John. This is something John had to adapt to in my direction once we got married—not that he has once complained.

So when I make a statement that I love Cris Carter it comes straight out of my love language. I’ve long been a fan of his CARTERbecause of what he did for the Minnesota Vikings and who he is as a man. A lot of people are fans of Cris Carter because of these good reasons. But I have one more personal reason. He did something very personal and thoughtful for my boys when they were in 7th grade. I will leave this story at that.

My second favorite NFL player is now clearly Benjamin Watson. He is not a Minnesota Viking. His current team is the New Orleans Saints. Thankfully he wasn’t on that team when they were big cheaters but due to that cheating season I very much dislike the New Orleans Saints. So why do I like him?

He is the kind of man I want my sons to be. My sons are too old now to be NFL players so that is not why I want them to be like Benjamin Watson. Benjamin Watson is a man of God with a clear message.

My attention was first drawn to this when he wrote the now-viral response to Ferguson. I agree. I agree. I agree. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to.

Because of that post he was named one of CNN’s extraordinary people of 2014. The same CNN who famously cut him off when he was being interviewed in this controversial video.

The entire interview (good stuff!) can be seen here.

Now this. Watch this speech he gave at the recent Super Bowl breakfast.

Wow. Right?

Be brave. Like Benjamin Watson.

(Hey Benjamin, come to the Vikings!!!)

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Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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