Leadership Lessons From Bobby Bowden (6 of 6)

I’ll finish this by a question I heard that a reporter asked Coach Jimbo Fisher, the new Head Coach of the Florida State Football team. They asked him what was one of the things that he learned from Coach Bowden in his few years here under him at FSU as his Offensive Coordinator. He said, “I just realized that when things go bad, the sky isn’t falling.”

This may seem like nothing uber profound, but I don’t think we generally live our lives with this truth in our hearts. We react like the sky is falling when our kid does something disobedient, when something goes wrong at work, when we lose a job, etc. Coach Bowden was always incredibly composed, even when our football program started to struggle in the last few years and he was under major heat from the media, boosters and fans. Sometimes people would interpret it as him not caring. I don’t think that was it at all. I just think he had a better perspective and he realized it was not the end of the world.

Lesson # 6 – God is in control, we’re not, don’t worry, trust in him.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve confessed that verse to myself when times are tough. No matter what obstacle I have in front of me, God is in control and Jesus is still sitting on the throne.


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