Faces of Faith in Football: Jamila Curry
By: Rachel Terrill
October 29, 2015
Jamila Curry had no idea what life in the NFL might look like — but although their time in the NFL went by more quickly than she would have hoped, she credits their time in the league with fostering their faith.
“Before the NFL, Aaron was not a believer. While I knew Christ, I had far removed myself from what I knew to be right. There were several players including Matt Hasselbeck, Justin Forsett and Kelley Jennings who constantly poured into Aaron’s life. They kept talking to him, showing him the love of Christ, inviting him to Chapel, Bible Study and eventually Pro Athlete’s Outreach where he gave his life to Christ. Since then, our lives, relationship and everything else have done a complete 180. Having a husband who leads me and loves me the way Christ loves the Church encourages me to grow closer to the Lord and become stronger in my faith.”
Faith has been a constant in Jamila’s life and she credits Jesus for walking beside her even when she did not know He was there.
“The most challenging time in my life was before I met Aaron when I was dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse. There was always a sense of guilt and shame lingering over me. The feelings of loneliness and being unclean, damaged. And of course there was anger, bitterness, resentment and a general mistrust of people.”
“I know that Jesus was there with me because, no matter how much I rejected Him and even when I couldn’t feel Him, He always sent people who constantly planted and watered seeds of truth and love, faith and hope. I know He was there because my heart was never so hardened that I couldn’t have compassion for others. I know He was there because I am still here.”
Jamila continues to give back and to shine the light of Jesus. She and Aaron started a foundation called Family 59. Through their foundation they “help show the love of Christ and rid the world of poverty and homelessness one family at a time.”
She also started an annual retreat called “Girl T.A.L.K. (Taking Action, Living for the King, (www.girltalkcharleston.com). “It is our mission to create a safe environment where we can help young ladies determine the makings of a Godly woman in order to fulfill our Divine Destiny,” she said. “Every year, through our foundation along with help from my closest friends, I get to go back to my hometown, Charleston, SC, and host the event. Girls get to unplug and learn about the Love God has for them and what it means to be a part of the body of Christ through song, speakers activities and service projects.”
This mom of four takes pride in caring for her husband and their children. She also loves to prepare meals for new moms. “Being a mom I know what a blessing that has been for me to not have to worry about what my family will eat after bringing new life into the world.
Jamila’s favorite Bible verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
“I’m a recovering perfectionist!” she said. “Perfectionism was my way of ‘being in control.’” But there is nothing like being a wife and mother to expose to you how out of control and imperfect you really are! I love this verse because I’m reminded that in all the hard stuff, in the midst of the chaos, uncertainty and not so proud moments, His grace is sufficient. Even all of the good stuff is only because of His grace.
When asked what she loved most about her time in the NFL, she said, “The NFL has provided a unique experience that only few get to understand. I think that common ground makes for great conversation starters.”
Jamila appreciates her affiliation with the NFL for the chance it provided her to develop authentic relationships. “While words are nice and quoting scripture is cool, spreading the love of Christ requires people to do life with one another, be vulnerable, pray, give time, share meals, gain understanding, send encouraging words, treat others with respect and dignity. Sharing faith requires us to walk along side of others, flaws and all, knowing that each person is someone that Christ died for and rose again that we may have victory.”