NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is no stranger to adversity.
Growing up, the former Charger experienced his parent’s divorce — an event that left him in a “depressed state” for several years — a fire that destroyed his childhood home, and an absentee father. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Tomlinson — known to his fans as “L.T.” — persevered, fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional athlete.
During his impressive 11-season career, Tomlinson led the NFL in rushing yards from 2001 to 2011 and set a single-season rushing touchdown record on the way to winning league MVP for the 2006 season. Today, he’s recognized as one of the best running backs in NFL history.
But none of his success would have been possible, Tomlinson told The Christian Post, if it weren’t for the faith, influence, and wisdom of his pastor mother.
“I was deeply influenced by my mom’s faith,” he told CP. “I grew up in church, and over time, my own faith grew. Nobody’s road is straight, and in those difficult times, that’s when we need God. We seek Him, we yearn for Him. We need that foundation, we need His guidance and presence in our lives. I thank God, because I’ve been through so much; my faith has been tested. But thanks to Him, I’m still standing.”
The former NFL MVP draws on his experience as a pastor’s kid to play Pastor Williams in the new faith-based film “God Bless the Broken Road.” Pastor Williams leads a small church in Kentucky whose choir director, Amber, loses her husband during the war in Afghanistan. Facing financial ruin and mourning the death of her husband, Amber turns her anger on God, losing her faith in the process.
As Amber picks up the pieces of her broken dreams and learns to trust in God’s plan for her life once again, she’s supported by the church, her young daughter, and a visiting NASCAR racer who is fighting his own demons.
“This kind of story happens to a lot of people across the country,” Tomlinson said. “So many of us have experienced heartbreak, hopelessness, and loss. There are so many single parents and people who have lost a spouse, whether it’s through divorce or death. I hope through this film, people are inspired to realize that nothing is impossible with God.”
From “God’s Not Dead” director Harold Cronk, “God Bless the Broken Road” drives home Psalm 24:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted — and saves those who are crushed in spirit” — a verse Tomlinson said has been a theme throughout his life.
“It’s okay to have your faith shifted by circumstances, but don’t lose your faith, don’t lose that foundation,” he emphasized. “God will take you places you never imagined were possible. When we’re in our most hopeless moments, the Lord is closest to us.”
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Source: Christian Post