Christina Pessemier is a writer, blogger, and mom of two. She was raised in the Orthodox Church and ended up leaving the church as a teenager, only to come back to it as a young adult. She enjoys learning about the faith that was handed down to her from her ancestors. Christina enjoys writing about relationships, health and wellness, and pop-culture.
First of all, never put a celebrity on a pedestal. You will be disappointed. Still, you can’t help but notice the way Russell Wilson proclaims his faith, unashamed to the world.
When the Seahawks’ quarterback spoke on the podium after winning the Super Bowl, he thanked God first. It would have been so easy to take the credit and beat his chest like it was all him. But he didn’t. And thanks to that, my kids saw a good example of a Christian who does his best to put God first–when it would be very easy not to. And so did the world.
“Wow. That’s really cool that he thanked God like that,” my sixteen-year-old said when she heard him speak. She goes to public school in the Seattle area and has been struggling with feeling like she is one of only a very few who openly proclaim Christianity as their faith. The rest are proud to be, sadly, without God in their lives. Or, if they do believe in God, they hide it.
A week ago, after the Seahawks win over the 49’ers, I ran across an article online about how Wilson and his wife visit sick kids every Tuesday at Children’s hospital. What makes it even more meaningful is that the quarterback has been doing this for the last two years. He started back when hardly anyone knew who he was. And, he asks for the toughest cases. He is also known for praying with the patients he visits.
What does this tell you?
The world needs public figures, heroes, and celebrities to model what it means to live a life following God, broken as we are. The world needs people who aren’t ashamed to openly claim God as their savior. And rather than worship a hero, we can learn how to follow Wilson’s example. Could we take the time to visit sick people in a hospital? Instead of hiding the fact that we are Christians, what if we told people despite their negative reactions?
Thank God for people with amazing talent who work on themselves to be better and to be a good example. God knows we have enough drug-addicted, godless, overindulged celebrities. Unfortunately, they are the ones with the loudest voices. It’s good to hear a voice of clarity and humility for once. We need more Russell Wilsons out there.
Maybe you won’t win the Super Bowl, but will you thank God first for your victories in life?
“Behold, this is the true and the Christian humility. In this you will be able to achieve victory over every vice, by attributing to God rather than to yourself the fact that you have won.” -St. Martin of Braga