David Akers walked into the kitchen to finally tell his wife. Feeling weak, he had to put his hand on the counter to hold himself up. That’s when she asked, “What’s wrong? You have been acting weird the past couple of days.” What she didn’t know was that the money was gone.
Akers was in his ninth year as a kicker with the Philadelphia Eagles and had gone to three Pro Bowls. He had earned millions of dollars. Several days before, he had received a call from the FBI. Although he had done his due diligence and sought the advice from wise business experts prior, the money he had invested with Triton Financial to purchase real estate had been illegally diverted by the company’s chief executive. Now eight years of NFL salary, close to four million dollars, was gone.
Fortunately, Akers has a wife that cares more about relationships than she does about material things. While losing that amount of money hurts, a strange look of relief came over her face. She said, “Thank God. I thought you were going to say you were leaving me or something. As long as we are together, we will be fine.” That unique perspective has helped them approach each day from a position of strength rather than fear. It is my pleasure to announce that David Akers, a married father of three, has become an All Pro Dad NFL Spokesman. Here are 5 thoughts that helped him face his financial problems with courage and resolve.
“Look forward and lead.”
When hard times hit, a person can dwell on the past or move forward. As a husband and father, Akers had to set the tone for the family. It was time to embrace a new day. Things may look different for them now, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they will be worse. The future may feel less secure, but he has chosen to move forward and lead the way with faith and hope. That type of approach has a major impact on the well-being of each family member.
“We always want a little bit more.”
We tend to think, “If only I had (insert object of value), I would be content.” However, once we get that thing, we want something else. The more we get, the more we want, never grateful for what we have. [Tweet This] The cycle has to stop somewhere. Better to stop it now, rather than later.
“We have our family.”
When something traumatic happens, it makes you remember what is truly important. The key to a full life is found in relationships. Material wealth is temporal while relationships are eternal.
“Time to swallow my pride and downsize.”
The whole experience was humbling for Akers. Money and fame bring a feeling of status and accomplishment. That was another thing that was lost. Pride will cause a person to make bad decisions that have repercussions for the whole family. Fortunately for David’s family, he took the road of humility.
“It’s not my money.”
Right before he received the call from the FBI, Akers and his wife had been praying about giving a sizable amount of money to needy families. They had committed to that decision the day before the call came. They believe that the money they have is provided by God and, therefore, not theirs. So even after the huge loss, they still followed through on their commitment. Their faith in God’s provision gives them courage and freedom.
Huddle Up Question
Huddle up with your wife and ask, “What is most important to you with regard to our family?”