CPO Outlook: Brenton Illum
A FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF
by Brenton Illum
Article from March/April 2010 Issue
It is great to be back in Springfield leading the Evangel Football program! I owe a lot of my personal development to the people of Evangel University who invested in me as a college student and planted the seeds in me that have grown me into what I am today. Rather than make this about football, please allow me to share a fundamental belief of mine in this note.
I’m very aware, as I hope you are, that God has gifted us all so much! When it comes to our talents, the bottom line for us as Christians is that God wants to USE them to influence those around us. As we look at our athletic arenas, our social circles, our families and our work places, I believe we will have a limited influence as Christian people unless we distinguish ourselves as the following:
1. SKILLED. The fact is that I am impressed with people who are good at what they do. If you want a platform of influence…be good at your job!
2. TRUSTWORTHY. Once someone loses my trust, it is nearly impossible to gain it back. I don’t think I am much different from the rest of the world in this regard. Anyone who you want to influence towards good in this world HAS to be able to trust you! Once you’ve undercut someone in your place of business, your team or your family, that ability to influence is gone.
3. HARD-WORKING. I can’t think of any lazy people in my life whose opinions I value. Period.
4. POSITIVE. We have a great life!! Since we know there is a God, we have a great advantage in every arena we are in. We know that He loves us and we know that He has a plan for our life! So go get it! We control how we handle what happens to us…if you want to be an ambassador for God with your talents, then we need to take a positive approach to the ups and downs of life.
Most of us aren’t professionals at sharing our faith verbally and honestly. Most people simply don’t want to hear it. But if we can demonstrate those 4 qualities above, I believe it is the BEST way to use the abilities that God has given us to influence our individual worlds for good and for God.
We are excited about a new chapter in Evangel Football. Please come out and see us!
Brenton Illum is the head football coach at Evangel University.