Posts Tagged ‘Lebron James’

I really have no business in commenting on basketball. I don’t really watch it very much. I posted a little while ago about the debate as to who is the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan or LeBron James. i don’t know as much about LeBron as I probably should. I know he’s a human highlight reel and I have seen him do some amazing things as I pedal the stationary bike at the gym in the morning. I think at the time I said that it was almost apples and oranges and without a time machine we would never know. I agreed with Kareem Abdul Jabaar (probably another GOAT candidate), that there is no GOAT. By the way if you’re not up on the vernacular, that stands for the Greatest Of All Time, but this post is not about Basketball.

No this week, LeBron and his foundation opened a school he and his foundation built. Yes, he went back into his old neighborhood in Akron Ohio and gave something back, something really big. Not only that but he has guaranteed a college scholarship to every kid who graduates from this school. I don’t know if this makes him the GOAT, but it does qualify him for being a great man.

As I look at this, I also get a bit of a rude awakening. This man is all of 33 years old. In other words he is a young man, young enough to be playing professional basketball, and he has already made considerable contributions to our world, this is just the latest. About now you might want to say, “Well of course he can do this. He makes millions of dollars to play basketball.” Do yourself a favor. Don’t go there. It’s true, odds are you’re not 6’9.” Maybe you’re not athletic. Maybe you don’t have millions of dollars at your disposal. Maybe you’re not a lot of things that Mr. James is. That’s not what’s at issue here. Mr. James saw something that could be done in service to others, and he is using the considerable gifts he has been given to do something that makes a difference. You have considerable gifts too, things given to you by a loving God to touch lives, bless people and glorify Him. If we compare ourselves and our resources to Mr. James, we’ll likely feel like we come up short, but we all have something and we are all surrounded by need. Ask yourself, “How can I use what I have to make a difference?” and do that.

Mr. James, I know you probably won’t read this, but if you do, I salute you and I want to say thank you for making a difference with what you have been given. You are an inspiration. Also please remember, Mr. Barkley was wrong. You are a role model. Thank you for being a good one.

My son Chris and I are both artsy types, and neither of us are really into sports that much. As a running joke, when someone is talking sports stuff, one or the other of us will usually say, “Goooo Sports.” Now that’s not to say that I have no knowledge of sports at all, I love football and NASCAR racing, but I’ve had very little interest in the other sports. I’m really not into basketball for example. Now there was a brief shining moment when I would watch some playoff games, mainly with my older son Brandon who was a fan of the Chicago Bulls. This was during the era of Michael Jordan. That man could fly. I loved to watch Jordan play, even if really wasn’t that into basketball.

The other day I saw a post calling Mr. Jordan the GOAT, and my first thought is oh no, another great man falls to a scandal. After all why else would someone call someone as great at Michael Jordan such a mean name? (Yeah, I know, “Goooo sports!”) It wasn’t long before I saw another post saying that in fact Lebron James was the GOAT. “Oh, no”, I thought, “What did he do?” I mean I know I haven’t been following basketball for a decade or two, but even I know Mr.James is a human highlight reel, and I am also aware of the amazing charitable work he is doing. How could anyone call him a GOAT?

It was about this time that someone put me out of my misery and explained that GOAT is an acronym for “Greatest Of All Time.” It wasn’t long after that I saw commentator Jalen Rose get into a humorously heated argument with another analyst over which of these two was the GOAT, the other man having said that James would beat Jordan in a one on one game to seven by a score of 7-3. Now of course there is no way to know who is the NBA GOAT. There are too many extenuating factors, and the two of them are quite a few years apart in age so it would not be fair to put them up against each other today. Short of someone invention a time machine the GOAT question will remain unanswered.

Now why am I writing this, to an audience that has more than a few people who could care less about the NBA (Gooo sports!) Because there is tremendous pressure on people in all fields to be great, especially in high profile sectors like the arts and ministry. Will you ever be the GOAT in your field? The odds are against it, but the incredibly good news is that’s not your job. Your job instead is to be the best you you can be (maybe that is a GOAT of a kind), doing the best you can with what you have been given to the glory of God. This means we could take a page from the Jordan/James playbook, so to speak. They are among the greatest ever to play their game because of intense work ethic, and we can do the same. develop your gift, use it for all you’re worth and let God take care of the greatness part. See the truth is, we can’t be the greatest of all time, because we serve the greatest of all time. forget the praise of men, live to hear Him say well done and trust Him to bring you to where He wants to take you and to reward your efforts.

He is the GOAT, let Him make you as great as He wants you to be.