Exodus 14:14 – Shalieve
A blessed and humbled Ryan Shazier continues to Shalieve.
During the NFL Draft last Thursday night, Ryan Shazier of the Pittsburgh Steelers walked onto the stage at AT&T Stadium and announced his team’s first-round pick.
Ryan tweeted later on that night to thank his supporters. “I’m truly blessed and humbled from all the prayers, love, and support that I have received. This is what keeps me going. Just continue to #Shalieve.”
What does Shalieve even mean? Well, it is a combination of Shazier and believes. Shalieve is motivation and a rallying cry for Ryan. It gives him the extra push to work and fight to one day get back on the football field.
Ryan underwent spinal stabilization surgery in December after a hit sidelined him in a Week 13 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The hit left Ryan unable to move his legs. Health is the number one concern for Ryan, and he has made great progress thus far. A competitor like Ryan would love nothing more than to play in an NFL game again, so Shalieve represents hope and determination to Ryan and his family.
As Christians, we should rejoice that we have the Holy Spirit to help us with determination and strength to continue our walk of faith. Focusing on Christ gives you the determination to keep on going when times get hard. Even though Ryan won’t play this coming season he is determined to make his NFL come back the following year. Exodus 14:14 reads “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Determination means never giving up, no matter what. God will fight for and with you. A determined person decides to do something an then completes the task. The next time you’re doing a special activity or playing a sport don’t quit right away when it becomes difficult. Ryan could have given up months ago. Despite the roadblocks ahead of him, he’s able to overcome those obstacles with God fighting for him.