To look at former NHL star Mike Fisher’s life, you might just assume he never had a tough day in his life. He’s married to country superstar Carrie Underwood, has a beautiful son, and just led his former team, the Nashville Predators, to a conference championship last season.
It was the first time the Preds had played for the Stanley Cup, and Mike announced his retirement after the season. He’ll now get to spend more time with Carrie and their son, Isaiah.
Life is pretty sweet for Mike, and he’s quick to credit God for all of the good things in his life. Those blessings didn’t come without some hard times, though.
In a new interview with “In His Grip TV,” Mike opens up about feeling lost in his late teens and early 20s. He was a young hockey star with all the money and fame that come along with it. But something was missing from his life.
“I was at the peak of success,” Mike says. “I really did feel like I was on an island. I’d isolated myself from people because I knew I wasn’t living the way I was supposed to. The island is the worst place to be, there’s no question.”
Mike soon learned that fame and success may have been good for his bank account, but they weren’t going to be enough to make sure his soul was fed. He points to Luke 9:24-25 as the Bible verse that sums up that period of his life. It reads, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?”
Mike says, “That was kind of, really, where I was. I just felt like I was losing my soul. I knew the Lord was there all along, but I’d gained the whole world, in my opinion, and I guess the world’s opinion. But when it comes down to the money, the fame, that stuff doesn’t matter … it took time to figure that out, as a lot of people do.”
At that point, Mike really got serious about his faith, and he found God was right there ready to meet him where he was.
“That was the realest my faith had been,” Mike adds. “That was an exciting time, too. It just kind of changes your perspective on everything: on life, on why I was given this gift and to use it the best I could, and really for his glory. That’s why I believe we’re all here. When you can figure out that purpose, and what you’re doing and why you’re doing it with the Lord walking through you, there’s still ups and downs and struggles, but it’s the best thing ever.”
We can definitely see God’s work in Mike’s life through his marriage to Carrie and his leadership with the Predators last season.
Speaking of Mike’s final season with the Preds, the entire city of Nashville erupted in hockey fever as the team competed in the Stanley Cup Finals. Carrie was there every step of the way cheering Mike and his team on, and that entire hockey experience is now up for Story of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. Carrie is also up for Female Artist of the Year. Voting is open now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. The winners will be announced during a livestreamed concert event Dec. 14 featuring performances from Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn.