Payne said that, although he is now ordained, he has not officially decided to leave athletic training just yet. He is trusting God for guidance and simply said “It’s not up to me, it’s up to God,” adding that he will stay at MWHS “until God moves me.”
Perhaps the main reason Payne is in no rush to leave is that, for him, athletic training has grown into just as much of a ministry as working at any church.
“Being here as an athletic trainer, I’ve also looked at this as my ministry,” he said. “There are so many kids here that have had hard lives. I want to be here for them to comfort them, to help them out during the hard times. I’m not here just to treat their injuries. I’m here to treat their spiritual needs also.”
Payne said his primary focus through this process is to not boast at what he has accomplished, but rather “boast in the Lord” and give Him the glory, quoting Corinthians 10:17. He said it was God who made this whole journey possible and it is Him who deserves all the praise.
“God knew the people I needed to be with; He knew what would be best for me to get me to that level He wants me to be at,” he said. “And the neat thing about it is, He’s not done with me yet. He’ll never be done with me until I see Him, face-to-face. And I pray on that day, He’ll tell me ‘Job well done, my good and faithful servant.’”