The 12 Days of Christmas from Dr. Terry Paulson
Final Year 5th Day of Christmas 2017
Day Five...December 18, 2017

Terry Paulson, PhD, CSP, CPAE

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
A Football Memory Worth Remembering…

I trust that the stories, thoughtful quotes and YouTube links supplied in my final "12 Days of Christmas" E-mail messages will help you and yours keep this Christmas focused on Christ’s coming. I thank in advance all those who sent in stories and humorous moments of mirth for all of us to enjoy.As in past years, each message will be archived on my website at


“God, thank You for my wonderful family, for good friends, for good food, for
family traditions, and for special phone calls at Christmas. But as we
enjoy these blessings, we pray for those who serve their country far away
from those they love. We pray for all who are sick, or hurt, or lonely. We
pray for those who did not receive anything at Christmas, and for those who
were not able to give. God, may they feel Your nearness and comfort,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

…Jim Daughdrill,

I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY..."Bigger than Football"

Before this year’s annual pre-Christmas Army vs. Navy game, ESPN did a special piece on SMU backup quarterback Garrett Krstich. Garrett grew up cheering for Navy because his dad, Jeff Krstich, was a standout offensive lineman and co-captain for the Army/Navy game of 1969. Jeff went on to serve in Vietnam but never lost his love for the Naval Academy. He died unexpectedly at the age of 60 from a massive heart attack. The loss hit his family hard.

Garrett didn’t choose to go to Navy. He was a walk-on at SMU and earned his position as back-up quarterback for the team, starting four games in 2014. In his fifth and final year of eligibility, he was given a scholarship. This year, Garrett couldn’t help but notice that SMU was to play at Navy in November. Coach Chad Morris, realizing the significance of the game to Garrett, made him captain and starting QB for the game to the applause of the entire SMU team.

When Garrett got off the team bus, he walked alone to the center of the field and knelt down to pray. Garrett started that game, throwing one pass for one yard. But the stat sheet could not measure what it meant to that young man. Coach Morris said it well, “That is what college football is all about. It’s a moment he won’t forget. I won’t forget. A life touches a life…that then touches a life.”
SMU lost to Navy 55-14, but to Garrett it was a victory of a different sort, “He was right there on the field with me. It was bigger than football. If he was there, he’d have told me how proud he was of me. Not for football but for who I am as a person.”
Many football games will be played during this Christmas season, but may we never forget that beyond all the cheering, the scoring, and the winning and losing, there are real people whose heartfelt stories seldom get told. Thank you Garrett and ESPN for sharing this story….


"I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included." –Bernard Manning

In the department store of life, “sports” is the toy department. But faith is the eternal battery that just keeps on giving! Who needs toys when you have the king of kings in your heart?


This is a Christmas evergreen song that I love listening to every year. Every time, it brings me to tears as I think of Mary being given the gift of birthing the son of God. Enjoy Pentatonix singing Mary, Did You Know? You get the feeling I like this song! Hey, it's my final year of favorites.

You can find the archived messages from this year’s final series on my website at For now, keep your sense of humor and your sense of thanksgiving and anticipation! More we prepare for His coming!

Your Host for our 12 Day Journey to Christmas.

Terry Paulson, PhD


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