Playing for God

Everyone loves an underdog story.  And those stories don’t get much better than Jeremy Lin’s.  Now, as the first Chinese-American in the NBA and one of the more successful Rookies, Lin is the hero of the New York Knicks and a new media darling.  But his journey to the NBA has been fraught with set-backs, discouragements and missed opportunities.

Lin has kept a healthy perspective through it all though.  As a Christian, he has a grounding, a security, beyond himself and his basketballing abilities.

“When the media attention was starting to grow around me, I felt as though I had to play well just to please everyone else. It was a great burden, and it took the joy out of the game for me. See, the truth is that I can’t even play for myself. The right way to play is not for others and not for myself, but for God.”

And as he looks to the future and considers how God might use him?

I have to stay disciplined and consistent with my devotionals and fellowship.  I am going to be discipled by my pastor from my home church — and will attend my home church.  That will help out a lot.

I have a heart for inner city ministry and non-profit work.  So I’m learning and praying about what exactly that means.  I’m just trying to learn a lot and be sensitive to God so that I can expand his kingdom as much as possible.

These words from the Apostle Paul seem apt for us all:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col 3v23-24)

And, since I’m a huge basketball fan, here’s a clip of Lin in action: