The city of Philadelphia did a standout job of hosting this year’s NFL Draft. The fans came out to support the event, and of course, did their fair share of booing and cheering. 

The draft’s highlight was Drew Pearson (former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver) coming to the podium and dynamically announcing the Cowboys’ draft pick with these words (see video):

“I am honored as an undrafted free agent to be selected to make the Cowboys’ second-round draft pick, and on behalf of the five-time world champion Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Gene Jones and the Jones family, coach Jason Garrett, all the players that played before me, that played with me and played after me, with the second pick, the 60th pick in the second round, the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado, Chidobe Awuzie.”

He boldly yelled this announcement over the loud boos of Eagles fans, and just kept saying what he wanted to say – confidently holding his ground. Despite the negative feelings many have toward the Cowboys, Pearson’s passionate energy seemed to be respected and appreciated – even by the commissioner.

There are some valuable takeaways from this legendary draft selection announcement, which can inspire us in our own lives. As followers of Jesus, are we proud enough to represent Christ boldly and confidently even in times of opposition or “booing?”

How often do we passionately and enthusiastically shout praises to the Lord? Are we willing to tell the whole world how great our God is…and stand firm as we boast about Him?

The Bible encourages us in Psalm 98:4 (NLT) to “Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!”

Psalm 47:1 (NLT) says, “Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise!”

1 Corinthians 1:31 (ESV) tells us, “So that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”

Today, let’s remember the team we’ve joined and how proud we are to represent Jesus to those we meet. Let’s not allow the “boos” to hold us back from shouting about the love and passion we have for the One who saved us.

Even the opposition will respect us when we stand firm and boldly proclaim who we serve. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray that You would fill me with boldness, confidence, and passion as I represent You and bring You praise. Please help me to stand firm in the face of opposition and enthusiastically proclaim my love for You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.