By Rusty Brock, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Clemson
As I stood in Memorial Stadium staring at the final score and dealing with the reality that South Carolina defeated Clemson, the word Perspective was ringing in my ears. This word has continued to resonate with me as so many fans seem to have lost all perspective about this loss and about the Tigers’ program in general. It’s amazing how quickly our expectations drive our perspective. For the past twelve years we have enjoyed record breaking seasons and two national championships.
Fifteen years ago, when I arrived in Clemson, fans would have been thrilled with 10 ten wins and an ACC Championship. Now, anything short of the playoffs or National Championship is considered a disappointing season.
During his postgame press conference, Dabo was asked how he keeps things in perspective. His reply referenced Romans 8:28, “I know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” And, he said, “I have a wife, kids and a dog who love me unconditionally.” In other words, Dabo has a healthy perspective about his life. He also reminded us that there are a lot of bad things that happen in the world every day that keep things in perspective.
Some people are blasting these comments as “coach speak and avoiding the problems with the team.” No, his words are the right perspective. At the risk of losing my “Dr. Pepper,” from Fansville, “There is more to life than a football game!”
I minister with people every day who are dealing with life altering issues and often life and death moments and you can rest assured it keeps my life in perspective. So as you live this day, know that God loves you, know that Jesus redeems you and know that the Holy Spirit sustains you. If you will focus on these truths, it will put today and all other days in perspective.
Rusty Brock has been pastor at FBC Clemson since 2007. Originally from Atlanta, GA, he did his undergraduate work at Mercer University in Atlanta, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He received his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond.