Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. (2 Corinthians 3:4 NRSV)

I believe Fran Tarkenton was for many years the scrambling quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings and before that the University of Georgia. He was one of the most prolific passers in NFL history.

The son of a minister, Tarkenton has always had a good sense of who he is. As one of his teammates on the Vikings once described him, he has "a stranglehold on reality." Since leaving professional football he has amassed a personal fortune of over $60 million.

In a interview, Tarkenton revealed for the first time how he became the starting quarterback in college.

The University of Georgia was playing the University of Texas. Tarkenton was the third-string quarterback on Georgia's team with no one predicting he would advance beyond that lowly position.

In this particular game Georgia was having a difficult time moving the ball. Indeed, late in the third quarter they did not have a single first down. Now they were backed up near their own end zone. It was third down. Suddenly, this young third-string quarterback started out onto the field. No one had told him to go into the game. However, no one tried to stop him either. The first-string quarterback saw Tarkenton heading to the huddle and assumed that the coach had decided to replace him, so he trotted off the field. Tarkenton took charge, led the team down the field for a touchdown, and the rest is history, as they say. He was started on one of the most remarkable careers the sports world has ever seen.

Can you imagine a player on a major college team having the gull to step out onto a field under those kind of circumstances? That's confidence!

God can give us that kind of confidence too when we allow Christ to more fully fill our hearts and lives with his saving grace.

Dear God, give me confidence to boldly lead a life in Christ. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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