But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. NIV
Paul Huggins has been a chaplain for 10 years, working with athletes in three different sports from around the world and ranging in age from high school to when they’re forced away from the game they love. He currently is the chaplain for the REDBLACKS of the CFL, the Fury of the NASL, the Carleton University Ravens football team, and the 67’s of the OHL.
This comes with its challenges. He’s had all four teams play on the same day or on four consecutive days. He does weekly Bible studies with one team, every two weeks for another, a weekly Bible study and pre-game chapel for yet another, and a weekly player study and weekly coach’s study for the fourth.
If you haven’t gotten the picture yet, let me break it down for you: Paul Huggins is a busy man.
Many would find it easy to get overwhelmed by the schedule, but Paul feels right at home – amazing, considering that he counts planning among his areas of weakness.
Others might find it easy to get caught up in the busyness and lose track of what really matters or misplace priorities, but it doesn’t take long in talking to Paul or the players he works with to see that isn’t the case.
“Paul is a good communicator, he articulates and shares the Word well,” says Tom Heineman from the Ottawa Fury. “He has a great presence, a comforting presence, not overbearing, but one of the great strengths of Paul is that he’s a great example of a leader. He loves God, his wife, and his kids, and every man can look up to that.”
What Paul manages from week to week is impressive, and in the world of sports that usually results in either getting praise heaped on him, or everyone else trying to figure out his formula and copy it. That would be missing the point.
“I try to teach essentials of the faith,” says Huggins. “Foundational stuff, not a cultural understanding of who God and what faith is, but what the Bible says. I try to teach that service can be given regardless of who we are.”
And that is the point of it all. The Bible teaches that our lives are to be laid down in service. No matter who we are or what we do, we are called to serve. Even the glory and love of God was shown most to us in his Son, who gave up everything to serve us on earth and lay his life down.
For Paul, even though planning is an area of weakness, it has become an area in which he thrives. The apostle who shares his name said in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
That means that even the greatness of God’s power fulfills its purpose in serving us in our areas of weakness and lifting us up.
For 10 years that is also what Paul Huggins has been doing for his athletes. He has offered his life, and all his strengths and weaknesses to build them up, and he encourages them to do the same for others.
Can you do the same? Can you trust God with your weakness and lift others up in their areas of weakness? Can you commit to serving others, both on your team and in the rest of your life? #MeetTheRoster