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Right Place, Right Time

Written by Don Leypoldt

“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us ...” – Ephesians 3:20

David Backes certainly didn’t lack talent on the ice as a youngster, but the St. Louis Blues center still never pictured himself in pro hockey. Instead, he planned on pursuing an educa-tion in engineering and law.

There’s obviously nothing wrong with prioritizing education over athletics (it’s something all young athletes should strive for), but God saw a more complete picture of Backes’ life that veered from the course Backes had intended. The Lord’s path included a now decade-long NHL career, highlighted by the Blues’ prestigious captain role, NHL All-Star honors, and two separate Olympic appearances with Team USA.

Backes has used his position in St. Louis as a professional athlete and man of God to in-spire and serve the Blues, engage in Bible studies with other athletes, and to be a catalyst to proclaim Christ in the hockey world. His involvement with the Starkey Hearing Foundation even took him to Africa to help fulfill the Great Commission to spread the good news of Christ across the world.

Perhaps most importantly, he encourages those around him to do the same with the platform they’ve been given: “I tell teammates, ‘You’ve been given this great platform … for making good in this world.’”

Backes’ story, while unique, can serve as an example to us all of the power of giving up our own roadmap and surrendering it to God.

The twists and turns may not be quite what we expect, yet the destination never veers off course. By truly seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ, Backes began tilling ground for God to take what was already instilled within his heart and bring it to abundant fruition.

It’s only natural to have hopes and visions of what our lives will look like. We all have them. Our benefit, if we choose to accept it, is the Master Planner in our corner, weaving everything together with an ultimate outcome for our good and His glory.

God’s vision for our lives surpasses our wildest expectations. We must give up our heart and place it willingly in His capable hands.

“I’ve needed to surrender that He has a bigger plan for me,” Backes said, “and I am right where He wants me to be.”

Discussion Questions

  1. Does the vision for your life look more like yours or God’s?
  2. What holds you back from bringing the calling of your life to fruition?
  3. How can you entrust the details of your life to God in a way that fully allows your heart to surrender?

Additional Reading 

  1. Philippians 1:6
  2. Jeremiah 29:11
  3. Romans 12:2


This story originally appeared in FCA Magazine’s March/April 2016 issue. Many thanks to FCA Magazine for permission to reprint the devotional. View the original story in its entirety here:

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