Attitude of Gratitude


Football player Nick Reveiz describes the incident that drew him closer to God.

My name is Nick Reveiz and my life has been changed.

In January 2008, my brother, Shane, unexpectedly had heart surgery at the age of 18. Through Shane’s surgery, it was revealed to me that the things I was living for will not always be there. During this time, I had been depending on football to bring me happiness. God showed me that even at 18, he could take away sports forever. What would I live for then? What would you do, if all that you had been living for was taken away from you?

When I was 8 years old, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. As time went on, however, the things of this world took over my life as I sought satisfaction elsewhere. I no longer lived for Him, but for myself. When I realized that what I was living for could be taken away in a moment, I decided to give God everything and use my life for Him. In the Bible, Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Even though I knew God, I did not live for Him and my life was built on sand. Now that I am living for God, I am able to have an attitude of gratitude, even when I have to sit out half a season because of a knee injury. Jesus Christ is now my joy. I cannot be shaken because He is my Rock!

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