#FearlessFriday This isn't something I've ever posted about or shared with many people in general, but I felt like I needed to share this today.
I've been crazy in love with basketball since I was a little girl. Basketball was always my rock. It was my escape. My safe haven. An empty gym was and still is one of my favorite things in the world. But growing up, all the way until a few years ago, I didn't realize but my identity was 100% in basketball. It took a career ending concussion, being told I will never be able to play the game I love so deeply, ever again, to realize this. And to realize that placing our identity in anything other than Jesus Christ will fail us, sooner or later. People ask why I don't play anymore, I tell them about my concussion that ended it all, and they say "oh I'm so sorry" and feel bad...and I smile. And tell them not to feel bad, everything happens for a reason! Because while I am blessed to still have a basketball in my hands everyday, and teach others and pour into girls in the next generation coming up, I now KNOW that basketball is not my rock. Jesus is. It's all about Jesus. All the time. And basketball is just one of those incredible tools I'm blessed to use to hopefully show that. Basketball has taught me invaluable lessons, about hard work, teamwork, discipline, persistence, mental toughness...I could go on and on...and for those reasons I will always be grateful and I will always push my athletes to their limits to hopefully learn the same things, because those are the qualities that will not only make you successful in basketball, but in anything else you do in life. I will also be forever grateful that basketball was taken away from me, because it was my idol and I didn't even realize it. Life with Jesus doesn't mean things get easier and pain and suffering go away. But it means you live with purpose, and a love that surpasses all understanding and when you can show that to others...it changes everything.
My challenge for you today, figure out what your identity is in, whether a person, a sport, a job title...what happens when that ends? "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." Hebrews 13:8