The University of Alabama has a new football coach following the retirement of Nick Saban. His name is Kalen DeBoer. He has a great resume and has been highly successful. He led Washington to a second-place finish in the football polls this year. He has a good personality. He is outgoing. He has made a favorable hit with Alabama fans.

There is one thing that I really like about him that has caused so much interest in sports talk radio concerning the coach. He doesn’t cuss. He is proud of the fact that he doesn’t cuss.

Many people have replied that cussing is just a part of the vocabulary of being a coach. I disagree tremendously with that. I played sports at Opelika High School, and I never heard my coach Sam Mason cuss. I played basketball at Young Harris Junior College under Luke Rushton and never heard him cuss. I played basketball at Huntingdon College under Coach Neal Posey and never heard him cuss. I have had a lot of people tell me that they are playing for coaches today who don’t cuss.

Don’t be fooled by Satan’s lie that it’s okay to cuss—everybody does it. Everybody doesn’t do it! Cussing and living a Christian witness are incompatible.

Your language identifies you. It happened to Peter. When people heard him speak, his language identified where he was from, and he was accused of being a follower of Jesus. (Matthew 26:73-74) After seminary, I went to Princeton to get another graduate degree. People there quickly picked up on my accent and identified where I was from. I rather enjoyed it because people would offer to buy my lunch if I would just talk. I put on a little extra southern drawl in order to give them their money’s worth. Cussing or not cussing identifies who you are!

I have had people tell me that they feel uncomfortable around me because they cuss. They should be uncomfortable because they report to God, not me, and God is around them everywhere they go!

Jesus said, “Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light.” (Luke 12:3) Paul said, “Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth.” (Ephesians 4:29)

Many people tell me that they cannot stop cussing. They say it’s their “cross to bear.” It is not their cross to bear—it’s our cross to bear. It’s their choice to use words that are offensive to God and to people.

Some people ask me how they can stop cussing. HERE’S HOW: (1) Decide to quit. (2) Ask God to hold you accountable. (3) Tell your family and a trusted Christian friend that you are going to quit. (4) Tell them that every time you use a cuss word, you will write a $100 check to your church or to some ministry. I guarantee this process: If you follow these four steps and don’t quit, I’ll write you a $100 check!

If you have trouble cussing when you send a message on your computer, there is a new word known as GRAWLIX. You spell it by using the symbols !@#$%&* instead of the cuss word.

Discuss this topic when you have lunch with friends or find yourself in any group. Help start a new wave of language that is helpful and supportive and encouraging to all people. You will be blessed—and you will bless others around you.

Thanks Coach DeBoer. You are already a winner in my book!

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