I love this quote from Derwin Gray, former Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers football player and current pastor of Transformation Church:
At that moment I realized that God loved me. Not because I could run fast or jump high or because I was good, or even for what I could give him. I realized that as Jesus hung on the cross, I was forever loved and accepted by God. I realized my sin had been erased by Jesus' blood. It was as if I could see for the first time. That day I got infected with a virus called grace. The symptoms are now full-blown.
From a Christianity Today article, "Pro Football Was My God" by Derwin Gray, who is the author of Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (HarperCollins). (LimitlessLifeBook.com)