11 months ago, Todd Graham’s run as head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils ended.
“It was November 26, 2017 and I had just lost my job as Arizona State’s football coach. I didn’t understand why it was happening…we had just finished the regular season with a winning record at 7-5. We averaged nearly eight wins a year over the previous 12 years. And yet here I was, out of job. But my will isn’t God’s.”
This morning Graham shared an article he wrote on Athletes for God. Graham wrote, “At this point in my life I had totally surrendered to what God was telling me.”
On how he’s doing 11 months later, Graham offers, “I think people are wondering how I am handling it so well, and it’s because of what I told reporters at the press conference [the day he was fired]: I serve a great God. I felt the love of Christ in my heart. The day I was fired I had opened up my Bible and the first thing that I came upon was Proverbs 3: 5-6, which says, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.’ My path has certainly straightened out over the last year. God restored my soul. I have gotten to spend more time with my family than I ever have before, and for the first time in years I’ve had plenty of time to sit down and talk with God.”
People often talk about a coach’s “coaching tree”; but this article makes it clear Graham is more interested in using his talents to help more young men see Jesus in their lives. He’s investing in growing God’s Kingdom.
Head to Athletes for God to read the full article.