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Angell Davis

November 4, 2013

God’s Free Agent

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Written by: Angell Davis

A free agent is a player who is eligible to sign with any franchise and is not under contract to any specific team. This player may also be allowed to solicit contract offers from other teams. However, they are still warranted under the leagues rules. In 2007 Trent Shelton was a wide receiver signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. His experience with the NFL, though exciting, was often unstable at times.

After a few years of uncertainties, Trent made the faithful decision to leave the dream of being a football player behind him and to succumb to his true calling. “I realized that the NFL is a business and with so many possibilities of being cut, there was no security in having a job and I had a son. I knew it would come to a point where I didn’t love it anymore and I just thought that God had a bigger plan and purpose for my life. One night after I gave my first speech on stage, I knew that’s what I was supposed to be doing. It was hard to walk away from it because football was my idol but I had to walk away because I knew there was something bigger for my life. “

Trent Shelton - pic2Something bigger was definitely manifesting through a plan that would unfold the true meaning of being a free agent and captivate the lives of millions.  Growing up as a preacher’s child, Trent had a steady Christian foundation and he never steered far from his roots.  “I wasn’t terribly bad but I knew I wasn’t living the life I should’ve been living.  In 2009 I started realizing my relationship with God was based upon what my mother and grandmother believed; it was just given to me and I didn’t really know why I believed. It made me take a look at myself and ask why I believed, and that was when I started my own personal relationship with God.” This new-found self awareness and relationship with God birthed Trent Shelton’s non-profit organization, Rehab Time.

Rehab Time (Renew Every Heart and Body) is a phenomenal organization that uplifts and empowers change from the inside out through the development of faith, self-love, fitness, relationships and leadership. Their motto, “change starts with you,” taps into a person’s true identity and warrants self-evaluations that people from all walks of life can relate to. As a part of the Rehab Time Organization, Trent produces powerful online videos and messages that quickly spread around the world. The first series of videos, Breaking Your Own Heart, ministered to the masses about taking care of your own heart and taking ownership for your actions. “Most of the videos in the beginning were inspired by my own life. With the “Breaking Your Own Heart” series, a lot of people didn’t realize that it’s me talking to myself. I was breaking people’s hearts and/or at times I was breaking my own heart. But now my videos are inspired by what moves off the heart. I may have a conversation with someone and they’re going through a situation that moves me and I will speak on it.”

Bookings for Rehab Time are constant for speaking engagements, corporate team builders, mentorship programs, social network training and private events.  The organization also offers programs and courses on their website such as “Live Your Dream,” “Breaking Your Own Heart,” and “RehabFit,” to name a few. The “Live Your Dream” program is geared to give you the necessary tools to go from talking about your dream, to actually living it. The “Breaking Your Own Heart” course guides you toward understanding how you break your own heart and how to avoid breaking it. Physical fitness is an essential part of Trent’s life and he thrives on motivating others to take care of their bodies. The “RehabFit” program includes two 12 minute workout videos per week with Trent and optional nutrition plans.

IMG_2922In 2011, Under30Ceo.com ranked Trent Shelton at #20 for the most motivational person on the worldwide web, with Bill Gates ranking at #21 and Oprah at #1. Trent, now a best-selling author, released a series of books with co-author Baylor Barbee. His first book, “Breaking Your Own Heart,” ministered to the world about the realities of the role you play in living with a broken heart. He then went on to release “See My Heart not My Past,” “You’re Perfect: For the Heart that’s Meant to Love You,” and his latest release, “Know Your Circle.”

“Know Your Circle,” was released in September 2013 and captures all aspects of relationships and friendships, even as it relates to business. The book emphasizes that knowing your circle has the power to make or break you because the company you keep will ultimately help lead you to your dreams or to your destruction. “I definitely gained a lot of false friends when I was in the NFL. These friends were there because of what I was doing, not because of who I was. Once I stopped playing and hit rock bottom, a lot of those people weren’t there for me. The people who were there for me from day one and didn’t care if I had a dollar to my name were still there. It really made me appreciate and understand the value of true friendship. It doesn’t matter who’s around you when you’re up, it’s about who will be there when you’re down, regardless of your circumstances.”

Trent, faced with obstacles every day, continues to grow in leadership, spirituality and personal development. He acknowledges that his current way of addressing adversity has drastically changed from the way he addressed it in the past, and he is grateful for his personal growth.

“I go through more adversity now than I did when I played in the NFL.  Because of the type of work I do, there will always be someone who doesn’t agree with what I’m saying. I deal with hate on a daily basis but I’m stronger now. I always tell people when you give yourself to Christ and start living for God – it doesn’t get easier, He just makes you stronger. In my college days I would be very hateful toward hate. I was allowing the hater to make me into a hater so I would respond back, and really that was just showing my insecurities. Now when someone hates me, I understand that it’s not that they don’t like me or something I do, it’s usually something that they’re struggling with themselves. I give love back to their hate now, and that lets me know that I am very secure with who I am today.”

When asked what inspires this amazing man of God, he attributes his inspiration to God and to his family. His followers, whom he refers to as rehabbers, are also a big motivating force in his life. “I’m always inspired when a rehabber tells me that a video or message really helped them grow closer to Christ or helped them to not commit suicide. Those things are hard for me to fathom that a message that came from little ole me could help someone in that manner. Things like that really keep me going and really keep me committed to my purpose and pushing forward.”

With religion being so traditionally-based, Trent Shelton relates to being more spiritual than religious and focuses on having a direct relationship with God. Because he puts God first in his life, he is still a free agent; a free agent for God. He is now eligible to fulfill any prophetic direction placed in his spirit and he is not under contract to any specific person(s) that rallies against him. He is still and will always be warranted under the rules of God.

To learn more about Trent Shelton and Rehab Time, visit www.trentshelton.com

To read more about how you can help Rehab Time help teens who are being cyber-bullied and to sign the petition, visit www.tinyurl.com/RehabBullyPetition

About the Author

Angell Davis
Angell Davis
Angell Marcella Davis is a Cleveland, OH native who has always had a passion for writing. Poetic, thoughtful, opinionated, and driven; she has been determined to get NtoU to greater summits for the last seven years. So far on her quest for excellence, Angell has yet to fail. Her constant smile would lead many to believe that making NtoU happen is easy, hence many have tried and few endured. In her most honest moments, Angell has revealed that doing this on her own is exhausting to say the least. Virtuous, sensitive, empathetic, and compassionate; still she perseveres, because in her own words, “I want to be that light in their (the readers) dark place.” Click NT logo below to read more.

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