Fromm The Overflow of the Heart

“(Fromm) the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

There were two great college football teams at odds on Monday night in the Rose Bowl, but there was one glaring difference.

 Jake Fromm & ESP participant Lauren Peterson

Jake Fromm & ESP participant Lauren Peterson

 ESP’r Landon McDaniel & William Poole

ESP’r Landon McDaniel & William Poole

As the teams remained neck and neck, we watched from our TV in Athens. My nine-year-old son was 110 percent engaged in the game. He is at that innocent age of wonder with football and fascination with everything about the sport. He soaks up every bit of information and watches intently at every play. As the game progressed, you couldn’t help but notice the other teams’ responses to plays -- neck slashes, dirty looks and foul language -- I looked at my son and reminded him, “pride always falls. We may not win, but somehow- pride will make him fall.”  (Proverbs 16:18)

The game was beautiful. I don’t think it could have been scripted, nor played more perfectly. And as we screamed and ran circles around the house after the Georgia victory, we were stopped by Freshman Quarterback Jake Fromm’s first words, “We had to believe. God is good and he stayed with us. Roquan, everybody kept giving their all…. I mean it’s an incredible thing to share with my teammates.”

 ESP Participant Kaleb Nunley with Lorenzo Carter & David Bellamy 

ESP Participant Kaleb Nunley with Lorenzo Carter & David Bellamy 

Pride is not something you can hide and humility is not something you can fake… “from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34). The quarterback of a team is the leader, not only leading the plays but setting the tone and providing motivation in the midst of adversity. And humility is the key to great leadership --- on the field, in the office and in the home.

We have witnessed the genuineness of the Georgia players first1hand as they interact with our individuals at ESP. This season, there have been so many sweet conversations, soft hugs and warm smiles. Jake Fromm and Coach Kirby Smart were some of the last to leave the field after spending time with 150 individuals with disabilities during ESP’s Bulldogs & Buddies event with the team. This quality leadership has come from the top, has been emulated by the team, trickled down and spread. I only hope that with such a great win that humility will continue, both on the team and within the fans into this next week and the biggest game of the season, the National Championship.

 Kirby Smart and ESP participant Nick Smith

Kirby Smart and ESP participant Nick Smith

 My little 5 year old Finley, Nicole Andrews & UGA’s Roquan Smith

My little 5 year old Finley, Nicole Andrews & UGA’s Roquan Smith

The next morning my son and I sat and recounted the amazingness that happened in double time- it all felt like a dream. He looked up at me, leaned his body close and said, “Mom, it happened. Pride lost and the Humble won.”

Georgia Bulldogs, keep setting an example in a sport where so many are watching by crediting God, supporting one another and remaining humble… keep making “the Main thing the Main thing.

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The O-so-inquisitive Owen & Dominick Sanders