Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Encourages Young Fan: ‘Build Your Life On A Foundation Of Faith’

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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Encourages Young Fan: ‘Build Your Life On A Foundation Of Faith’

By Movieguide® Staff

Outspoken Christian and head coach for Clemson’s football team, Dabo Swinney, encouraged a 15-year-old fan to center his life on Christ during a radio show.

“The most important thing is you were created on purpose,” Swinney told a young man named Jordan. “You have a thumb print. There are billions of people in this world, and you are the only one with your thumb print. And God intended it to be that way, so you are the only one that can leave the imprint that He has given you.

“If you will build your life on a foundation of faith, then you will know true peace and happiness. If you build it on anything else, or seek happiness in anything else, then you are going to always be let down,” Swinney added.

Swinney also emphasized his reliance on God’s word and talked to the teen about God’s peace, even during times of hopelessness.

“One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11,” Swinney said. “When I was 15 I had a lot of, man there was a lot of anxiety and like, ‘What is my future and how am I going to do this and that?’ But Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you.’ Not that I think I know. God says, ‘For I know the plans I have for – not everyone – for you.’ Those are plans for good, not disaster. Plans to give you a future and a hope.”

Swinney continued: “I love that Bible verse because if you really grab on to that, you are going to have some challenges, you are going to have some disappointments, you are going to have some setbacks, you are going to have some failures and you are going to have some successes, but if you can hang on to that, God never says, ‘Oops!’ God never says, ‘My bad!’ Then again, if there is hope in the future, then there is power in the present to deal with whatever comes your way. There is nothing that is going to happen to you that you and God can’t handle together.”

Swinney also said that because God gives His children peace, we do not need to worry.

“Don’t worry,” Swinney said. “It is not going to add anything to your life. Just do the best you can with what you got. That is what the happiest people in the world do. They take what they have and do the best they can with it. That is what life is about.”

Swinney is vocal about his faith in God and does not waste an opportunity to give God the glory after football games. In 2019, Clemson won their second national title, and the coach credited the Lord.

“You can’t write a Hollywood script like this. Only God can do this and that’s a fact,” Swinney said. “And people may think I’m crazy or a quack or whatever, but only God can orchestrate this. But I’m just telling you if I can do it, and those Clemson Tigers can do it, anybody can do it if you just have a belief in yourself and what you are doing and you surround yourself with great young people that are passionate about winning.”


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