NBA star Stephen Curry affirmed his faith in Jesus Christ after accepting the 2014-2015 Most Valuable Player award last week. It is the first time the 27-year-old has captured the title.
Curry put Christ at the forefront in a speech last Monday: “First and foremost I have to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with the talents to play this game, with the family to support me, day in, day out. I’m His humble servant right now and I can’t say enough how important my faith is to who I am and how I play the game,” the Golden State Warriors point guard said.
I pound my chest and point to the sky, it symbolizes that I have a heart for God, something that my mom and I came up with in college.
I do it every time I step on the court as a reminder of who I’m playing for. People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that’s because of my Lord and savior.
Curry also thanked his wife and his father, who himself played in the NBA for 16 years. He said the four things that brought him success were faith, passion, drive, and will.
In an article for Charisma News, the MVP also said his faith “continues to be his driving force.” Curry credits his coach, Mark Jackson, a pastor of a church in Southern California, and said there are “about 10 guys on our team… who attend our pre-game chapel and pray together before games.”
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“The Holy Spirit is moving through our locker room in a way I’ve never experienced before. It’s allowing us to reach a lot of people, and personally I am just trying to use this stage to share how God has been a blessing to my life and how He can be the same in everyone else’s,” Curry wrote.
God’s given me talents to play basketball for a living, but I still have to work hard to improve every day. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment.
But I love that basketball gives me opportunities to do good things for people and to point them towards the Man who died for our sins on the cross. I know I have a place in heaven waiting for me because of Him, and that’s something no earthly prize or trophy could ever top.
h/t: Christian Today
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