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Our transformed lives should drive us to want to do what is good in our lives. Christianity Today / Sports Spectrum an Article by Rick Weber notes:

Bob McNair the man responsible for Super Bowl 38 being hosted in Houston has this to say about his faith in Jesus Christ and unfinished business.

Reliant Stadium could accurately be called "The Stadium That Bob McNair Built."He was the man whose vision, can-do spirit, and determination earned Houston another NFL franchise in a battle that the NFL had skewed dramatically in favor of Los Angeles. He was the man who galvanized community support in a depressed economic climate for a palace that ultimately would cost $449 million. The Texans and Reliant Stadium wouldn’t exist without him, nor would the NFL be bringing its world-renowned, cash-cow extravaganza to Houston without him. And yet if those things are mentioned to him, he switches directions faster than J.J. Moses, his team’s electrifying 5-foot-6 scatback kick returner. Because to him, it’s not about Bob McNair. It’s about the city he and his wife, Janice, refused to leave, even after he had sold Cogen Technologies to Enron for $1.4 billion in 1998 and could have settled into any number of more glamorous locales… McNair states, "My philosophy is that we’re all just stewards. We really don’t own anything in this world. Everything is God’s possession. We’re just stewards of some of these possessions for a period of time. We should recognize that. We will be judged on the basis of whether we were good stewards or not. Why should I get carried away with a sense of self-importance? I’ve just been blessed because God has allowed me to be a steward." While he is giving of himself, he is openly professing his faith in Jesus Christ, frequently in situations where the unsaved have a chance to hear a message they might not have heard before…What the Rev. David A. Peterson really remembers is the speech McNair gave in 1995 in Houston when he received the Torch of Liberty Award from the Anti-Defamation League, which fights bigotry and intolerance. In the moments before McNair assumed the podium, Peterson—the McNairs’ pastor at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church—wondered what McNair would say to the crowd of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.” He told the simple and compelling story of his heritage in the Christian faith," Peterson says. "He spoke openly about Jesus Christ, and did so in an extraordinarily winsome way. As a preacher, I was deeply impressed by his authentic and direct reflections to such a diverse community. I became deeply convinced that his faith in Jesus Christ is vivid, real, and compelling."

McNair accepted Christ not as a result of a spiritual revelation, but of the example his parents set. He knew he wanted what they had.

4. In his public appearances, he occasionally recites a poem called "Anyway" which has been attributed to Mother Teresa. Parts of it go like this:

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

Be honest anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

5. "Basically, if you are a follower of Jesus, you have values," McNair says. "You have accepted the values he has taught. So when you have done that, you have established standards for yourself, and they are a guidepost. I just think it makes it a lot easier for you to live your life, because you have determined that which you think is the right course. And if you want to know how you’re doing, just compare where you are with the course."Rick Weber is a freelance writer who lives in Houston. Copyright © 2004 Sports Spectrum.

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