Carson Wentz is a football quarterback who plays in front of millions of viewers on a successful team. He’s an up-and-coming, high-performing athlete with a growing fan-base and lots of positive attention. But, who does Carson Wentz play for? Spoiler: it’s not just a football team.
Is it the fans? Good guess. But, he’s not playing for you or me either. So, who? Above his obvious passion as an athlete, he’s an outspoken Christ follower and uses his platform to share his faith. If you ask Carson, he’d say the effort he puts into his profession is motivated by his call to play for “an audience of one.” But what does that mean?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters … Colossians 3:23 NIV
He takes this verse literally. He works in his profession, as a leader, and in his daily preparation for the next game as worship to the Lord. Because Carson plays to praise God, he can stay level-headed when the pressure is on, and doesn’t let pride cloud his judgment. He is respected by his team, and God truly is being glorified through him! What’s even more profound is that he isn’t playing for approval from fans or the media, but from approval he receives from Christ.
I’m fortunate enough to work full-time in ministry, but there are times when the weight and magnitude of what I do causes me to get distracted and become motivated by superficial things. When I learned more about what drives Carson to bring his very best, I realized that I needed to learn from his laser focus on who he plays for.
What if you saw your job, influence, and platform—no matter how big or small—as a way to live for an audience of one? How would that perspective reframe your effort, intensity, and intentionality in what you do as an employee, spouse, parent, friend, citizen, and church goer? What if, like Carson, you recognized that everything you do can be a reflection of your worship to Christ?
How can you play for an audience of one?
- Choose relationship. You have to know your “audience.” The more you spend time with God, the more He can show you what pleases Him. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people … Ephesians 6:7 NIV
- Choose gratitude. Starting each day with thanks will align your heart with Christ by fixing your thoughts on Him. The more thankful you become, the more aware of God’s goodness you’ll be. Then it’s easier to remember to live only for the one who gives you every good thing.
- Choose consistency. You have to choose every day to surrender your desire to “play” for other audiences. Create the habit to live from approval and to give a wholehearted effort in anything you do because of your love for your audience of one.
So, who does Carson Wentz play for? I hope the next time you see him in action on the field, you see his tenacity, focus, and drive and are inspired to live just as he is: for an audience of one.