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The weight of a platform

Shamiel Gary
February 22, 2021

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As athletes, we have a unique platform that allows us to reach a diverse audience. However, this platform bears a weight. Understanding this weight matters. You must steward your influence well, because God has purposely put you in this position. You can have an impact on your teammates, coaches, parents, fans, and the children who look up to you. There will always be people watching and learning from how you handle certain situations.

During my junior year of college, I realized just how true this is when I began speaking at schools and churches. I was able to use my platform to share my testimony to glorify God and inspire others. Through these speaking engagements, I met the Melson family. Often times, God uses our platforms for more than we could ever imagine. When I first met the Melson’s, I would have never guessed they would still be in my life five years later.

The Melson’s have two sons, Garrison and Griff. Griff has Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). My platform opened a door for me to play a significant role in their lives. This family has been a true blessing to me, and I hope that I have been the same in their lives.

As Christians, we have a job to do and that job is to be the light of the world. God does not want us to be complacent and not bear fruit. Jesus explained “that people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl, instead they put it on it’s stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Therefore, walk with purpose, knowing your assignment, letting your light shine before others.

What can you do today to let your shine? Use your platform so the people around you have an opportunity to see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.


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