Being a New Yorker and a writer on this blog, people have asked me as of late to give my take on the recent events of Linsanity. New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin has taken the basketball world by storm on and off the court.
On the court, Lin has been the answer the Knicks have been looking for. In 11 starts this season, the former Harvard guard has averaged 22 points and about nine assists per game. He has been able to flourish in head coach Mike D’Antoni’s high-octane system. The pick-and-roll has been thriving at Madison Square Garden. New York has turned from a team searching for answers to a team with a fan base thinking about the possible potential of this team to make a playoff run come May and maybe even June.
Off-the-court, Lin has been living for Christ with his play and giving it all up to the Lord. For example, the Linsanity hit a bump in the road Thursday night after New York lost to the top team in the East, the Miami Heat, 102-88. Lin played the worst game of his NBA career with just eight points and three assists. He also made just one shot from the floor in eleven attempts and turned the ball over seven times. Miami made him frustrated with their quick defensive schemes and the stealing ability of Mario Chalmers in the back court.
After the game, Lin met the media and one question he answered made me say Praise God! It was towards the end of the press conference when two reporters asked him, Is there anything you would say about all of this that is too much or too heavy for you?
Lin replied “No, in my mind, it’s very clear what I want to do. I’m okay without the headlines. I try to focus on my team, playing for God”
Then another reporter replied “How are you able to hold it together?”
Lin:“ I don’t hold on to it. I surrender it to God and give it up to Him! Let everything outside of my control be what it may be.”
When thinking back about the past six months and the two prominent athletes in the media, Lin and Broncos’ quarterback Tim Tebow, I stop and just want to praise the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for putting these people here to spark conversation not just about sports, but about faith in general. We see these athletes go through adversity and people saying they can’t succeed, but they don’t let any of it go to their heart because they know with the Lord, nothing is impossible! (Matthew 19:26)
In an interview that Lin did with a Taiwanese Evangelical Christian channel, GoodTV, Lin talks about his favorite Bible verse and how it reflects the struggles he has gone through in his life, whether it was being cut by two NBA teams or getting no athletic scholarships in college. The verse he shares that is his favorite is Romans 5:3-5.
In this chapter, Paul writes “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
(Romans 5:3-5 ESV)
This verse speaks out to me because I take a look at my life and realize that everyone goes through struggles. Whether it is finding a job, getting through school, an addiction, or even struggling with faith, the Lord puts us in these positions so that we may find hope in Him! If you put your faith in the Lord, He will guide your steps and in time, His will for your life will come into fruition.
It is easy for our faith to be weakened in the Lord because we may not get the results from our prayers and petitions right away or there is a temptation that we feel we cannot overcome.
Today, however, I exhort you to look into the first book to the Corinthians, which is one of my favorite books of the Bible and take a look at Chapter 10. In this chapter, the apostle Paul takes a look at the power of the Lord and how He would not put us in a position to fail.
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
This verse has made me think that even though the weight of the world is on our shoulders and we have too many hats in different places, so to speak, the Lord will provide us a way and an opening to get out of it and return to Him! I pray today that in times of struggle, you will continue to look to the Lord and realize that whatever problem you may face, God is with you ALWAYS. Keeping the faith strong is the most important part to overcoming temptation, so keep that trust that Jesus knows what’s best for you and continue to stay patient and pray for His will to enter into your life.