by Grayson Oliver
On Monday, January 9th, 2017, Clemson University won the 2016 NCAA Football National Championship. As the game clock ticked down into the early morning hours I found myself more energized after the clock struck zeros than I was before the game! Being a Clemson man, it was a tremendous feat that was great for the school that I will always cherish. Also, being from South Carolina, it was something that I felt was great for the state as well. All my life I had dreamed of those Tigers hoisting that championship trophy above their heads and it was actually coming true! However, in the midst of jubilee, what stuck out to me wasn’t that we had just won, but a quote given by the head coach.
While all the cameras were surrounding him, Dabo Swinney gave the glory to God in front of the whole nation, and he also said that he had been telling his players to “let the light inside you shine brighter than the light that’s shining on you.” He repeated this statement once again while accepting the Championship trophy center stage at Raymond James stadium. His words have made a profound impact in my life because it causes everything to come in to focus after realizing Who we serve and what He does in our lives. Matthew 5:14-16 tells us “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” How often do we feel stress or pressure that causes us to simply forget who we are representing in our daily lives? Many times we have the light on us only to succumb to the pressures of this world so we can be accepted by the ones shining the light. Or we might simply fade into the background so that we do not get noticed.
My encouragement to you is to remember the sovereign God that we serve and the position that He has put us in so that He can continue to get the glory that He deserves. Let us be delighted to serve a God who loves and accepts us enough to allow us to show the world who He is THROUGH us! How great it is to be a child of the King! So therefore, let the light that shines in you be brighter than the light that shines on you.