Posted on: April 11, 2014 Posted by: vudfc Comments: 0

Yesterday, Mike Kelly came and shared about his life, his career, and his faith. Here are some takeaways from his talk:

-Mike had to sort of “force” his way into the industry. He made calls at random hours in the morning, and worked a sports job for free (in addition to his then-current role) just to prove himself . (Luke 16:10; Colossians 3:23-24; Galatians 6:9)

-Mike was truly impacted by yoking himself to a mentor in the faith. (Proverbs 27:17; Proverbs 22:6; 2 Timothy 2:2)

-Mike never refers to his work as “my job” but rather the “position I hold.” He does this to fight entitlement and remind himself that nothing is his by right and that everything has a season. (Psalm 24:1; 1 Corinthians 10:26; James 1:17)

-Mike said that he is not a guy who spends a set time in the morning memorizing verses, but he did reference purposeful attempts he makes to hide God’s Word in his heart and listen to it (eg. While driving or working out). (Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:105)

-Mike admitted to being a “mess up.” He aims, in his life, to confront sin right away. (James 4:17; Luke 11:4; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 1:9)

– Mike sees a great challenge to be living the right way, especially when challenges arise. It is easy to “do right” in the sun, what happens when the rains come?  (James 1:2; James 1:12; Philippians 4:6-7)

-Mike claims that a goal of the platform he has vocationally is to take the opportunity to share his faith. (Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6:9)

Here were other ‘highlights’ from the talk:

-“I’ve been given a radio voice, but not a full head of hair.”

-On the football team . . . “We’re gonna be really good.”

-On the basketball team . . . “It might be a tough season. I don’t know.”

-Mike recommended the following books: Crazy Busy; Doing Business by the Good Book; Well Being: Five Essential Eelements

-On fans and grace . . . “Jordan [Clarkson] had a tough game against Texas A&M and a lot of fans were getting on him. He had received a phone call hours before the game that his father was going to Mayo [Clinic] for 11 days for a heavy dose of radiation. We, as fans, don’t always have the full story.”

-On people complaining about his faith/views on Twitter, “Quit following me.”

-Mike shared his love for his family and gave many details about that. He is thrilled that his two daughters, living in Chicago, have chosen to be roommates. His other daughter will graduate in the Spring and head to the University of Alabama.

-He closed with a quote from Jack Buck. After getting into the Hall of Fame, his wife Carol asked him, “Jack, if you were to meet God what would you say?” Jack answered, “God, why have you been so good to me?”

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