Former NFL player Trent Shelton shared how he responded to God’s calling after being blinded to it by his career.
During an interview with CBN News, the 37-year-old motivational speaker talked about his testimony. He revealed how he turned from having no purpose in life to living a purpose-driven life. Football has been his identity, he played in the National Football League but his career was cut short because of several injuries.
“It was devastating. I mean, football was my everything and so I always tell, ‘You just imagine losing everything, at that point, I felt like I had nothing to live for.”
After losing his career, he felt like he lost his purpose in this life. However, two events changed his perspective on life. One of those life-changing situations he experienced was when his son was born and when his best friend committed suicide.
“At that moment, I made a promise to Anthony that I would live the rest of my life in my purpose. And my purpose was real to me my whole entire life. But I was so focused on what I wanted to do. I was blinded to what God called me to do.”
And then, he started living his purpose-driven life at a church service in 2011 when he spoke in front of thousands of youth. From there on, he kept on living a life according to the purpose of God. He also founded the Christian non-profit organization RehabTime.
“It was that church service that my friend asked me to speak at. I’m an introverted person, I didn’t want to speak, I tried to find all the ways out of it. [I] had stage fright, and at that moment, I felt peace in the midst of all these other certain think. And I knew talking to these 5,000 kids which seemed like 20,000 that this is what I was meant to do right after the decision to pursue what I do today.”
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Reference: YouTube | CBN News