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Two Percent Better by Matt Bradford

Faith is the Compass and Godby Strives to Follow

Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics

by Matt Bradford

Life is a relentless mountain that consists of countless obstacles challenging your inner strength and through faith and devotion to Christ, one individual has been a testament of that. Max Godby is an example of persevering through difficult moments in life and reaching the mountain at its highest peak and flourishing as a follower of Christ. An under-sized offensive lineman with visions of continuing his football profession post high school was very slim. Although a stud at Christian Academy of Louisville Godby was not a highly recruited athlete, he declared, “My lack of size and strength were a turnoff for many of them.” Nevertheless, one of the few teams that were assessing him was situated 60 miles east of his home of Louisville, the University of Kentucky. Though UK did not offer Godby a scholarship, Max would be enhancing a significant walk-on roll for the scout team offense. From starter in High School to scout team in college, he ultimately recognized the variety of exertion that he would have to encounter throughout practices and in the weight room.

 

Max Godby is surprised with the National Goodworks Team award at the Community Inn on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Max Godby is surprised with the National Goodworks Team award at the Community Inn on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Godby had to work hard on and off the field in addition to maintaining a positive attitude throughout these early adjustments. His dream came true at the start of his junior year when Coach Mark Stoops rewarded Godby with a scholarship in front of his fellow Wildcats and earned his way on the field. “Constant motivation to improve myself, I try to get two percent better every day at something” Godby stated. This endless determination to realize the amount of dedication and commitment transmits beyond the football field; these remarks play a dynamic part in Godby’s time. One of the momentous assets that make Godby into the individual that he is currently is, is his strong relationship with Christ. His parents, Jeff and Giovanna Godby said “It wasn’t us, it was God. God had His hand on him.”

Max Godby with University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart after he is given the National Goodworks Team award on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Max Godby with University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart after he is given the National Goodworks Team award on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics

In Godby’s life, respecting others, especially the less fortunate, as well as never taking anything for granted has impacted him to appreciate the smaller things in life. During Godby’s senior year at UK and his time spent in Lexington, Godby was dedicated to help others. “I am a follower of Jesus. He gave me a simple command, love people. That is what I strive to do.” In life, everyone wants to witness the feeling of comfort and being loved. Godby plays a significant role at the local homeless shelter; in addition to starting a program where individuals pack backpacks with household items. In 2014, the American Football Coaches Association and All State Insurance rewarded Godby on his remarkable devotion to the Lexington community. All of this noteworthy accomplishment would have never existed if it wasn’t for his commitment to Christ. As followers, we are sent here to love and care for everyone, not just people with money or to live in nice homes. This wonderful individual gave up partying and the typical college life to follow the words of Christ and help others. As an undersized high school athlete, to the man he is today, Godby has continuously climbed that mountain. If you ever want the accurate definition of compassion or want to be inspired, Max Godby is a leading example.

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2 Comments

  1. Margie Silva says:

    Matt,

    Once again a story well done. The world can be full of negativity And when stories of inspiration and love come around I can stop and pause thanking God for life’s simple things. Thank you for sharing Max’s story of persistence. God is Love. Never give up on your dreams.

  2. Travis Schmidt says:

    This is a great example of how putting faith first will result in favor from God. I’m glad that people report on stories like this. You are a great example for the young and passionate, Max!

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