"Project 3:30 was placed on my heart so randomly yet so timely. I was on Instagram one night and while scrolling through my timeline I saw pictures of a few friends of mine who were beginning their journeys toward success. In that moment of seeing how successful my friends were, I realized how gifted and talented our generation is. God has entrusted each one of us with a gift and with that gift, I believe He should be glorified." (1 Peter 4:10)
John 3:30 states “He must become greater; I must become less.” As a man of God, I have faced many challenges; One of them being pride. I play football at Stevenson University. There are many stereotypes and temptations that are connected with being a student athlete. Many believe that most football players have an attitude of self-importance, pride, and arrogance. Often times, the idea of remaining a humble athlete seems impossible.
I entered into my 2013 season with a mentality of self- ambition, which was similar to the stereotype as stated previously. I found myself thinking more about my accomplishments and the awards that I would receive rather than the importance of my team and the family that we would create during the season. In my mind, football was a platform but I treated it as a stage, and I was the star. But all seemed to crumble when I started to lose focus on what was important. My coach and I would disagree about a lot of issues such as whether I would start or not. I didn’t listen and I was disrespectful. I failed to realize that there was something essential and necessary for my personal growth that would be approaching in my life rather than just football. There was something much bigger than me.
One day as I was reading my Bible, I stumbled upon John 3:30. It hit me hard because I never thought of my self as "less", but I felt God was telling me to humble myself so that He can take care of the rest.
As hard as humbling myself was, I decided to trust in God and let Him lead me down the path of victory. I began to listen to my coach, I began to focus on the bigger picture, and I grew, not only as a football player, but also as a man of God. I read the verse (John 3:30) before every game to remind myself that God is bigger than Moses Anoh.
The second week of the 2013 season I was named "Player of the Game" against one of our rival teams Albright College, and my relationship with my coach was better than ever. The following season (Senior Year) God did exceedingly and abundantly anything I could have expected. I received All Conference Honors Awards as well as an Invitation to the D3 Senior All-Star bowl game where professional scouts would be present. I was amazed, I did not think I deserved any of these award but nevertheless, God continued to bless me. I was truly humbled and amazed at how gracious God was to me.
Our gifts and talents should not be limited to an "I can do it myself" mindset. We must surrender our talents to God and trust Him with them so that they can develop and grow in Him. God has a plan for us. He has so much in store for us. The only thing we must do is trust Him so that He can show Himself GREATER.
Project 3:30 Founder- Moses Anoh