Former NFL star Chad Hennings recently delivered a powerful message about “the greatest crisis” in America.
But far from focusing in on the political drama of the day, Hennings, who played nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and is now an author, public speaker and former fighter pilot, focused instead on spiritual issues.
“The greatest crisis we have in our country is the aspect of identity, whether that be for individuals of faith or individuals that are trying to figure out — particularly Millennials — who they are,” Hennings recently said on the “Sports Spectrum” podcast, hosted by Jason Romano.
While the athlete said he once rooted his identity in athletics, being a fighter pilot and in other actions unfolding in his life, he eventually came to a totally different understanding.
“My identity was always about what I was doing,” he said. “That’s where I gained my identity as to who I was, but what you do does not define who you are.”
Listen to Hennings discuss these issues at the 32:00-mark below:
Hennings said he came to this realization when he was a Cowboy and his son got sick. It was the first time that he wasn’t in control of something in his life. And it was through that experience that he said he truly started to better understand who Jesus is and what having a relationship with him really means.
Now, he ministers to others about identity, character and faith. And he offered some encouraging words to listeners.
“What matters is how you finish, not how you start, so finish strong,” he said. “God is teaching me reliance on Him. To reveal himself more to me today. Not to rely on my strength, but to rely on his.”