You might have seen the Prince Harry dead ringer photos of Carson Wentz circulating online.
The Superbowl Champ NFL Philadelphia Eagles’s quarterback is not just about sports, bucks, and glamour. He is founder of Audience of One Foundation, established 2017 with its mission to “demonstrate the love of God by providing opportunities and support for the less fortunate and those in need.”
High school students asked him questions and here are some of his answers:
Jacob asked Carson “How does it feel to be an NFL quarterback?”
My favorite part about being a professional quarterback… seeing people come to know the Lord because of the platform that He’s given me. In my short one-year career up to this point, I’ve just had some incredible opportunities… been able to see people come to know the Lord because the Lord used me to reach people that normally wouldn’t hear the gospel; and being able to make a difference in people’s lives… it made me realize why I play this game. It’s one of the most humbling experiences. Being able to make a difference off the field is definitely the most rewarding part of playing as professional quarterback.
Maddy from Oklahoma asked what Carson’s “Audience of One” Motto means in his life.
The motto of “Audience of One” has really been my life motto ever since college. It’s really just resonated with me and changed my life. I actually had it tattooed on my wrist; it’s really been a big part of my life… Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things above, not earthly things.” and it just changes your perspective of what you’re living for, what you’re focusing on because it gives me so much more freedom. When I’m playing in Philadelphia in front of seventy thousand fans, they’re screaming, going crazy, but when I can run out there and realize that I’m playing this game for the Lord and I’m really just setting my mind on things above, it changes my perspective. It allows me to play freely. It allows me to be bold, to not have any fear, just get rid of all the nerves, just knowing that the Lord is going to use it for his good—- you know Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.” So for me, that helps me to be confident and get rid of all the anxiety. I hope that can encourage you as well.
AJ asked Carson: “What do you do to live and play for the Audience of One?”
To live, to play, to practice, to do everything for an Audience of One— sometimes it’s not always easy. Sometimes you gotta have practical things, practical applications…
1. I tattooed it on my wrist so I can look at it everyday, so I can kinda have that reminder.
2. I’ve been surrounded by a number of guys in our locker room that we just hold each other accountable. Having accountability partners can really help spur you on in that area as well.
3. Staying in the Word [bible].
4. Staying near to God because the bible says if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. Just knowing that I can stay in the Word, I can stay in that constant relationship with Him.
5. I’ll pray as I’m driving to work. I’ll pray, honestly, just throughout my day. It doesn’t mean I have to go and close my eyes, go sit in a corner, and pray. I’ll just be praying as I’m doing life. It helps me to constantly be in that relationship and really keep my eyes fixed on Him as best I can.
Advice about How to Keep God as your Audience of One?
…Just keep my eyes focused on the Lord. I would encourage everyone to stay in the Word. Go to God’s Word and not get caught up in the jugdmental / drama things that come around in high school circles and things like that. Just know that the Lord’s already approved of you. He’s chosen you. He loves you; you’re not trying to get the approval of your friends, of your peers, of your teachers; don’t get caught up in that. Really, how can you do that is just by staying in the Word and staying in that constant relationship with The Lord. Even though at times, that’s the hard thing to do, it’s the counter-cultural thing to do but it’s the most fruitful thing and ultimately, the best thing you can do.
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