Recently, I was reading THIS BLOG POST written by Brian Dodd and was floored by two statements made by Shannon Sharpe as he was inducted into the NFL Football Hall of Fame.
“My grandmother never told me as I was getting to leave for Savannah State, ‘Shannon, don’t do drugs. Shannon, don’t drink. Shannon, go to class. Shannon, do your homework. Shannon, be respectful. Shannon, iron your clothes.’ She laid that foundation for 18 years. A 10-minute speech wasn’t going to work now.”
How this statement affected me: This statement challenges me again to be the best father possible to my children. My role is to teach, educate, and provide opportunities for my children to grow. It encourages me to know that the hard-fought battles that every parent faces in raising their children WILL pay off in the future. This also applies to many people with their finances. Ten minutes of good financial behavior won’t make up for 18 years of poor financial decisions. It might be a good start, but it certainly can’t erase the results of years of financial mismanagement.
“I want a decent house… I want to go bed one night, and I want God to let it rain as hard as He possibly can. And I want Him to let it rain all night long. I want to wake up and not be wet.” – Quote from Sharpe’s grandmother
How this statement affected me: My life is so good. I’ve never had to sleep in a house where I was concerned about the rain getting to me. I HAVE slept in a tent one night during pouring rain and woke up in two inches of water – and it was MISERABLE. I can’t imagine it being a fact of life. Shannon honored his grandmother with this statement by recognizing the sacrifice she made so that he could be positioned to prosper.