great humility and patience during His life here on earth and when I started to reflect upon those
two traits, I realized that Patience and Humility are probably two of the hardest traits that a person can exude.
Well, just look at the news today or just look around, People bragging, people complaining and
whining about the in-efficiency of things. That’s just how the world it is today,
Humility and Patience is so difficult to find nowadays, but “BOOM!” out of nowhere, a new name popped out in the news, in FB’s timeline, in the sports world, in the NBA, an unlikely guy an unlikely hero, his name is Jeremy Lin.
Well at first, I wasn’t that interested to this guy, because maybe what he did was a fluke, maybe
he was just getting attention because he is Chinese (Hello Floyd Mayweather!), and I thought people are just looking for the next Yao Ming. But 3,4,5,6 games passed by and this guy is just playing amazing, not only does his stats are amazing, but he is making his team amazing as well (without Melo and Amare!) Wow!
Then after that, I started to be interested in this guy, what’s with Jeremy Lin? Why he’s making
waves? What’s different about him?
The answers are 1. He is a CHRISTIAN and, 2. He exudes HUMILITY and PATIENCE. What HUMILITY and
PATIENCE? In the NBA? HUMILITY and PATIENCE? Yes HUMILITY and PATIENCE in the NBA.
Its ultra rare to find those traits in the NBA, well HUMILITY is not really evident, just look at Lebron, Kobe, Dwight, even past stars like Bird, Jordan, Barkley, Shaq. They just don’t have
it…Especially when it comes to their accomplishments.
Patience?hmmmm… Lebron, Bosh, CP3, Dwight, Melo and some other stars just can’t wait to have
a championship ring and are/were continually asking for a trade, is that Patience? At least there’s Dirk,
MJ, Hakeem who were patient to have that ring.
J-Lin, has both traits, that really says how great this person is. It is evident in his story,
his background of racism, of being overlooked by Division 1 college teams, NBA teams (Hello
Dallas, Houston and Golden State!) and almost being cut by the Knicks (thanks to Mike d’Antoni who
gambled on Lin). Seriously the story of this guy is just amazing, is just phenomenal, it is just LINpossible that you can’t stop on taking a peek at this guy!
How often can you see a player in the NBA or in any other league or in any other event praised
and thanked God? How often do you see a player be so humble in thanking his team or other people
in his success or how often do you see a player emerge from the end of the bench to be the star?
J-Lin was just an exceptional testimony on how amazing God works in
Who would have thought that J-Lin was a homeless NBA player? Who would have thought that a D-League Player an ASIAN D-League player would really make waves (TIDAL WAVES) in the NBA. I don’t know, but J-Lin’s story is just LINSANE, probable the most LINSANE story that I have ever heard in the history of the NBA!
I was just reminded of this verse in Romans 5:3-4 “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope”
J-Lin endured a lot of sufferings — Racism, Rejection, Failures; and I believed with those sufferings his endurance really grew that produced his winning attitude his character of never saying die, and just pursuing the goal. He stayed true to his faith to his goal even though it is hard (“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9). J-Lin could have just said NO to basketball and then went on to pursue another career, after all HE is a HARVARD Economics graduate. He could have worked in big offices in New York but he stayed to basketball and continued to pursue his dream. He did not give up, instead he worked even more. He treated his journey in basketball as a blessing from God, he looked at the failed try-outs, disappointing games, unguaranteed contracts (because of his race or school or stats) as something else)..J-Lin treated all of this as a blessing, a journey that eventually led him to his dream.
I am so blessed with J-Lin and I truly Praise God for his life, because I know HE really inspired a LOT especially millions of Christians who feel that they don’t have a place in this world, who are getting hopeless with the situation that we are in right now. I just really pray that most of us get a thing or two from Mr. LINcredible, that we too should never give up, should never stop Praising God and should never stop hoping for the BEST. “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you” – Psalm 39:7
LINsanity may end (after 10 years pa!hahaha!just hoping.hehe!), his amazing plays may stop but his story, his testimony will live forever in the hearts of many.
“I am so thankful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for this, this is my dream right here, this
journey is just a blessing from God” – Jeremy Lin # 17, Starting PG of New York Knicks