Trent Richardson is a role model that I want my son to emulate. But not because of his athletic ability. Not because of his success.
For the first time since his sophomore year at Alabama, last Sunday was the first game in which Trent Richardson was not his team’s starting running back, when he was overlooked for the starting position by his team, the Indianapolis Colts. How he handled that experience is why I want Trent to serve as role model for my son and daughters.
In an ESPN article, Mike Wells writes:
“Richardson, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft, isn’t blaming others for his demotion. Not coach Chuck Pagano. Not the offensive line. Not quarterback Andrew Luck. Not offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Richardson blames only himself.”
Commenting on the demotion, Richardson said, “I think it’s only fair that Donald is the starter, especially the production he’s been putting up and the numbers. He’s been playing good ball. I tell people all the time that when I first got here, they thought it was a two-headed monster with me and Ahmad [Bradshaw]. I always said it was a three-headed monster.”
Part of his ability to take a demotion like a man is his confidence in who he is. He says, “I talked to my granddaddy and uncle, and they said, ‘No matter what, you’re still Trent Richardson.'”
That is how he is able to blame himself. He knows who he is.
The same thing is true for disciples of Jesus. If we know who we are in Christ, we don’t have to make excuses or shift blame when we blow it. Because we are his—totally forgiven and eternally loved—we have nothing to prove. Possessing the righteousness of Jesus gives us confidence to own up personal failure and to take responsibility.
“Richardson blames only himself.”
When I read that, I internally stood and cheered. Yes! How refreshing, liberating and motivating!
That is the kind of role model I want for my children. It is the kind of role model that I need for myself.