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January 2011 - Neil McKenney

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January 2011 - Neil McKenney

Chosen Attribute : Dedication

Definition: The act of binding yourself to a course of action.

My definition:

Dedication is being fully immersed into the task at hand. When an individual has something that they must accomplish, only a focused, hard-working individual can produce an end result that is in-line with their potential. As a hockey player my dedication and commitment to hockey on the ice and in the weight room has been important to me and essential to my pursuit of success. My actions on and off the ice are an example of my dedication to bettering myself as a hockey player and as a person.
Being dedicated as a hockey player and as a child of God are quite similar. A dedicated Christian understands what is necessary in doing what Jesus would expect from him. The consistency in showing respect for others demonstrates to those around us our faith in Christ, testifying to who Jesus is by way of our chosen actions. Just as people notice your hard work and complete dedication to hockey you can also show your faith through dedication and commitment to the Lord. Living as an example of dedication is a good way to honor our King.

What is your favorite scripture verse and why?
I think my favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. This is my favorite verse because of the knowledge that God is always there to keep me strong and that fear is not an option. As long as I have absolute faith in God he will always be right with me no matter how far I may stray. As a sinner, I acknowledge that I may wander from God. But Jesus suffered and died on the cross for me so that I am able to be forgiven of my sins and be strengthened. I use His strength that is given to me and ignore fear to be a witness for Jesus Christ, my Savior.

What else should we know about you?

My family has been an instrumental part of my life. My Dad (Douglas), Mom (Suzanne), and brother (Matthew) have been very supportive in everything that I do. My father has been a professional hockey strength and conditioning coach for 26 years. His influence and others within the NHL organizations he has worked for have had a huge impact on me throughout my lifetime as a player and as a person. Along with hockey I enjoy weight-training/working out, drawing, photography and American history. I am a sophomore at Sacred Heart University studying Sport Management. When I finish playing hockey I have hopes of working with a professional or college hockey organization, like my father. The experience of college hockey and spending time with my team/room mates will be the things that I appreciate most during my time at SHU.

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