Minnesota Viking’s quarterback, Kirk Cousins, opens up that the struggles his team encountered during the early season drove him closer to God.
After a good performance in the regular season in 2019 despite not winning in the play-offs, the Minnesota Vikings are hopeful to reach success in 2020. However, they started the season with 1 win and 5 losses.
Coming out from their week off, the team entered their bye week by facing all three of their NFC North divisional opponents. The season did not start as they hoped, and it was a burden for their leader, quarterback Kirk Cousins. But instead of worrying, he turned to God.
“So many of us [NFL players], we still face daily stresses, we fail time and again on the field, off the field. The tough start to our season was a great reminder of that,” Cousins said on Sports Spectrum Football Special. “But I also know that when we went to that bye week after starting 1-5, I had some of the best moments with the Lord during my quiet time that week than I have had in a long time.
Kirk believes that God used those trials during their season starter to turn him closer to Him.
“And a large part of it was because we were struggling so much in what I do professionally. I think that drove me closer to the Lord. Not that I wanted to start 1-5, but at the same time, God can use that to bring me closer to Him and develop things in me that otherwise might not get developed.”
The Vikings immediately took a great turn after the bye week. They were able to bring their record up to 6-6 with four games remaining. They now have a place for the final playoff with their seventh-place standing in the NFC.
Kirk was a great part of the team’s success with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in their six games. The 32-year-old Christian athlete is putting his trust in Jesus Christ.
“I trust that God’s not going to waste a hurt, He’s not going to waste a failure; He’s going to use it for my good and His glory,” he said. “And I believe that’s the life of the Christian walk. I believe that as you read the teachings of Jesus, He doesn’t promise material wealth, but He does promise suffering. So you understand when you choose to follow Jesus, it also means you take up your cross. He makes it clear that there are sacrifices to be made when you follow Him.”