In the past seven months we have seen a few people of notarity, fame and extreme talent wear walk in love. shirts. It started when we spotted Tim Tebow wearing the shirts we sent him. It was mostly selfies that fans were taking with him and then he wore one on ESPN and we freaked out (still freak out)! A few weeks after Tim showing up on ESPN in the Free To Be Free tee, someone tweeted at us that Jordan Burroughs was wearing one at a wrestling clinic he was teaching. A month or so later, when we were helping Men of Iron raise money, Tony Dungy purchased a few. During that same event Kevin Durant's personal trainer reached out to us and asked if we'd send him and Kevin some shirts. Yesterday that trainer, Adam Harrington, text me a photo of him and Kevin wearing walk in love. shirts on his day off between games.
Between these four men there are four NCCA championships, a heisman trophy, two Olympic gold medals, five all star game appereances, a rookie of the year, three world championships, four scoring titles, two superbowl rings, an MVP and countless other awards, trophies and achievements.
I have to laugh everytime I see one of these men of influence and succsses wearing shirts from the company I started nine years ago. I laugh because I am just a regular guy. I love Jesus, my wife, my cats and t-shirts. I live in a small house in the small town of Manheim, PA. I don't know anyone in the entertainment or sports business. I have no crazy connections in this world. My mom is a flight attendant and my dad has been a missionary his whole life (he barely owns a cell phone). I am ordinary. So, I laugh because it's crazy that shirts I design and work hard to sell have shown up in the wardrobe of these incredibly successful people. It makes me think of something Paul says in Corinthians.
"Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.” - 1st Corinthians 1:26-31 (The Message)
I am no one of notarity and on my own it would be an impossible task to get four guys of such talent, skill and prominence to wear walk in love. shirts. The only way it has happened is because God uses foolish things, like T-shirts, to show his greatness because God has called ordinary people to change the world. He started with 12 raggity dudes to start a movement and a world view that is still going on thousands of years later, and they didn't have iPhones or branding meetings or websites. They had Jesus! One of my favorite things about all these guys that have been wearing our shirts is that they are just like me. They would say the same thing about themselves. They are just normal guys who, through the blessing of their great God, have been able to compete at a high level in sports. They use the foolishness of a game to bring the glory of God to this earth.
In his MVP speech Kevin Durant started off by saying,
“First off, I’d like to thank God for changing my life. It let me realize what life is really all about. Basketball is just a platform in order for me to inspire people and I realize that. I come from a small county outside of Washington D.C. called PG County. Me, my mom, my brother – we moved so many different places growing up. It felt like a box. It felt like there was no getting out. My dream was to become a rec league coach. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to stay home and help the kids out and be a coach. I love basketball so much and I love playing it. I just never thought I would make it to college, the NBA or stand up here today in front of you guy and be the NBA MVP. It’s just a surreal feeling.”
I struggle to understand how I can change a world filled with such darkness and despair. How can someone so small and insignicant do anything in this huge world? On my own, nothing. I can't do a single thing to change the world, but with God all things are possible. We have the giver of life in our corner and we try to work and succeed at bringing His way to the earth on our own... What is wrong with us? We must remember that God did not call us to Himself because we were the best of the best and had it all figured out. He actually did the opposite. He called us because we were screwed up, broken, damaged. He called the "nobodies" because He knew that the only reason we could ever give when victories, success and triumph come our way would be, "It's because of God."
So let your "nobody" flag fly. Wave it proudly and proclaim that all the great things that come from your life are actually coming from God! We are nothing, He is everything and t-shirts are foolish.