What is a Life of Greatness?

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So many negative stories have come out about NFL players. But once in a while an exceptional role model surfaces. An example of a life of greatness.
One more sports story…

So many negative news reports come out of the NFL.

Dirty plays, physical abuse, substance abuse and the list goes on and on.

Then there’s the story of Jason Brown.
Ten years ago, Jason Brown was the 124th overall draft pick.
In 2009, he signed a 5 year – $37.5 million dollar contract
with the St. Louis Rams.

He earned $25 million and then decided to walk away
from the last year of playing and $12.5 million dollars.

“My agent, he told me, ‘You’re making the biggest mistake of your life,'”
Brown told CBS. “And I looked right back at him and I said, ‘No I am not.'”

[Tweet “What do you do when you walk away from millions?”]
When you decide that some things are
more important than money and fame?

You buy 1,000 acres of land in North Carolina and call it
First Fruits Farms.

Take a few minutes to watch his story here:


“2014 turned out to be a breakthrough year for us with a host of successful events at the Farm.  We hosted the our first annual youth fishing derby.  Research opportunities were made available to grad students of NC State University.  We were also blessed with gleaning and harvest opportunities in a collaborative effort with the Society of St. Andrews, the Innerfaith Food shuttle, and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina where more than 10,000 pounds of cucumbers and 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes were donated for local hunger relief efforts.” ~Jason Brown

You can follow Jason Brown on his First Fruits Farm Facebook Page and check out his website – Wisdom for Life.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…. I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:35, 40

What is a Life of Greatness?

 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. Galatians 5:13–14 (MSG)

Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. 1 Peter 4:7–11 (MSG)

A life of greatness is one that:

  • loves
  • cares
  • listens
  • feeds
  • serves
  • and glorifies the One who gives.

God says a life of greatness looks very different from the celebrity life we idolize and crave. Are you living a life of greatness?

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12 thoughts on “What is a Life of Greatness?

  1. I would add one thing to your list of greatness in life: with the resources that we are given! It doesn’t take great wealth to love, care, listen and feed. Kudos to Jason Brown for realizing that the value of money isn’t in what he buys, but in what he gives! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love testimonies like this. He certainly could have served God from the NFL, but he felt a different calling. It’s about hearing His voice and following. Encouragement to all of us! Thanks Deb.

    1. I completely agree Jason. I’ve loved how Kurt Warner used his platform to glorify God. Tim Tebow too. It always boils down to trust and obedience doesn’t it? Blessings!

  3. This man is exceptional and inspiring! May we learn from his story and use money for its ultimate purpose; to help make the world a better place, to love and to share.

    Thanks for featuring him here. I’m not a big sports fan so I’m really a stranger to athlete’s world. #bloggercare

  4. Love Love Love. I have nothing wonderful to say, but had to leave a word of support. May he be the football star my little boys look up to one day.
    (And thank you for sharing ENCOURAGEMENT– the world can really get us down right now.)

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