PROVERBS 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Collin Klein says, "As long as I can remember, my religion has been the biggest part of my life. I wouldn't be who I am today in any respect without him. I am very blessed to have had parents to raise me to fear God and to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm just in the beginning stages with that relationship."
Klein said his parents, Doug and Kelly, plus his brother Kyle, rotated through different churches while growing up in Loveland, Colo., not focusing on any one particular denomination, "… but finding a place where we could become spiritually nourished."
In Manhattan, Collin, K-State's junior quarterback, and Kyle, a freshman backup defensive end, have found a home in the Grace Baptist Church where they continue their religious direction.
While many young people select detours from a Godly path, Klein said, "In no way am I saying I was ever perfect, but I never remember being rebellious about religion. It was engrained at an early age to do right, so it became my desire to do right. It was never a thing that I rebelled against intentionally."
Klein goes into an analogy with football in explaining his phrase of being "raised to fear God."
He explains that it is having a "reverence and respect," in some degree, like he does with K-State coach Bill Snyder.
"Am I afraid of coach Snyder? No, but I do fear him out of respect and to do things according to how he has things lined up for this football team," said Klein. "I have a deep respect of his authority."
Being a Sunday afternoon NFL quarterback is the dream of every young footballer, but also on Klein's radar is a career in the ministry.
"I have thought about that, and am open to it," said Klein. "But every person can have a life in the ministry without being a minister or as a missionary. There are ways to minister in your everyday life."
Klein gives a "not well enough" answer when asked how well versed he is in the Bible and adds that his education is a "continuing process." And, he declines to settle for knowing
The Word more than the average person. "I don't want to compare myself with being average because that's not preparing for the best."
In Klein's thinking, his everyday lifestyle is a display of his ministry with every single decision, no matter how big or how small, "… advertising what you are all about. I am willing to take any opportunity to talk about the faith in my life. At times I don't feel that I know enough to do that, but I do the best that I can."
Whatever the subject, whenever the time … whether after a touchdown or an interception, never is there a hint of a cuss word from Klein's lips.
"Don't take me wrong," Klein said. "I am as competitive as anyone in the program and I do get mad … mad at myself more than anything when I'm not getting something done. But that's the blessing of sports. You deal with adversity and how you handle yourself when things don't go just perfectly is another wonderful opportunity to let people know what you're all about."
Klein believes that his beliefs are accepted and respected by the majority of the team.
"I can't speak for everybody, but my hope and goal is for my teammates to know that No. 1, I love each and every one of them. Are we going to make different choices? Sure, but that doesn't change how I love them," he said. "That doesn't mean that I'm not firm in what I believe, but there is just a mutual respect for my teammates."
Overall with his relationship with God, Klein said, "It's an ever growing process. Jesus gave his life for me, so now I'm going to give everything I have in return. My human ability may not be perfect, but I will try my hardest and have peace with that."