Former Clemson quarterback, Deshaun Watson, will be one of the top quarterbacks chosen in this year’s NFL Draft. After an accomplished college career and a National Championship victory, he will take his winning mentality to the next level. 

In a recent interview, Watson made some bold comments that reveal his level of confidence and the standard he sets for himself: 

“If I’m blessed to stay healthy and play for a while, I’m chasing the GOAT. I’m chasing Tom (Brady). I’m going six. That’s the big thing. I know it’s gonna be tough, it’s gonna be hard, and I gotta have the right situation, have some luck along the way, but that’s what I’m chasing.” 

Although his comments have been criticized and questioned, I disagree with the notion he came across as being “full of himself,” and don’t believe his desire to chase greatness shows a lack of humility.

On the contrary, if I’m drafting a quarterback, I want him to be a confident player who has big goals and holds himself to a high standard. 

He may never come close to the level of Tom Brady, but at least he’s willing to set his mind on such an admirable pursuit. 

As followers of Jesus, we will never live the perfect way He did on earth. However, He holds the standard we should strive for, and each day we should set out to be more like Him as we love and serve others. 

The Bible says in 1 John 2:6 (NLT), “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT) further explains, Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”

The players drafted tonight will choose the greatness they want to chase and the players they want to imitate, as they begin this new journey.

Today, let’s be encouraged to take steps toward pursuing true greatness in Jesus, as we imitate and follow Him. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!  

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I acknowledge I’m not perfect like Jesus is, but as I rest in Your grace I desire to become more and more like Him. Please help me to imitate Him and chase after His standard. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.