Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew your decision to follow your heart would result in many people disagreeing with you? Following your heart isn’t always easy especially if there is criticism and pressure to do differently.
Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, learned just that when he refused to stand for the National Anthem before a preseason game. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” the quarterback said. Kaepernick’s personal choice not to stand blew up into a nationwide controversy.
After the backlash from his actions, Colin could have easily backpedaled to preserve his image and secure his endorsements. What did he do instead? He continues to show bravery and to stand up for what he believes in whether or not it’s the popular thing to do. During last Thursday’s game, Colin was joined by his teammate Eric Reid in taking a knee during the National Anthem. His bravery has now sparked others to not be afraid to follow the path God has for them.
Kaepernick is using his position of power to make a change and to shine a light on racial injustice. We’re not all in the position of power, but we all have a choice to make a stand. And for those of us in positions of power, how do we use them? What good is having power if not to use it to help others? We all have superpowers and a purpose in life.
So the next time that you feel the conviction to stand up for what you believe in, what are you going to do?