Thursday, February 22, 2007

Holding it Down: Dwight Howard


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  • Peace and blessings,

    As a person who has been a fan of and participant in sports since the 5th grade, the recent happenings within professional sports have brought me great joy. In Basketball, which is my favorite sport, there has been a recent surge of very talented/versatile/dominant young players over the past decade. Although I support the idea that high school basketball players should go to college before entering the NBA, players such as Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and most recently Lebron James and Dwight Howard illustrate how gifted many of these young ballers are.

    Although I enjoy watching these players ball, their talent alone is not what has recently brought me joy. What brings me joy is when an athlete properly attributes his or her athletic ability to the Source: God. During last week’s slam dunk contest, Dwight Howard performed a dunk that not only wowed us, but reminded us of the Source of everything that is “good” within or about us. During a time and place (NBA all-star weekend) where the world is marveling at the talent of some of the best athletes in the world, Dwight Howard reminded us of where the real focus should be. During one of his dunks, he placed a sticker at the top of the backboard. The sticker had the following written on it: “I can do all things through Christ.” (Phillipians 4:13).
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    2 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Yeah, that's amazing. I watched the video of Dwight Howard dunking while putting the sticker on the backboard on 'youtube'. What amazes me is that he could have put any sticker on the backboard, but he choose to put "I could do all things through Christ that strengths me". That's amazing because not all athlete would think of doing that. It's imperative for everyone to know that their strengths, talents and knowledge comes from Jesus Christ and therefore give him glory in everything that we do.

    This also reminds me of when the NFL team the 'Indianapolis Colts' won the superbowl. Their coach, Tony Dungy attributed the team success to Jesus Christ, which is amazing because you don't see most coaches doing this after they win the superbowl game. Other coaches would usually Thank the team and the 'mvp'. But again, it is very imperative for all to know that all talents and abilities comes from the Most High God - Jesus Christ.

    -Sis

    Thoughtz said...

    Yeah you're right. Actually, I've been meaning to include the Colts' coach in a post. Thanks for the reminder!