Dying 2 Live...!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jeremy Who?

By now, anyone with a computer, smart phone, televison, radio, newspaper or sports pulse should know about point guard Jeremy Lin. Tonight, he received a rude awakening. He had a dismal basketball performance against the Miami Heat, my hometown team. He went 1 for 11 shooting and had 8 points in the game, only just 2 points the entire first half. 

Some may ask, "What happened?" Simply put, LINSANITY was shut down! A defense-savvy team like the Heat wasn't having it, not on their home court. His pattern down the court was missed shot, blocked shot and turn over, for 4 action-packed quarters.

Now, to be fair, Jeremy Lin is a pretty decent basketball player. I would even go as far to say, "He's pretty good!" But let's not over-do-it. To date, his competition, outside of 3 games, (LA, Dallas & Miami) wasn't that stellar. These upcoming games will test him like never before, with much harder competition.

But this blog post is NOT about Jeremy Lin the basketball player; it's about Jeremy the person. During his recent rise to fame, Jeremy has stunned the media world with his character:

"Genuine Godly humilty was something highlighted instead of selfish pride."

Jeremy has no problem seriously honoring Jesus Christ, even at the apex of his fame. Many have even discouraged him from being so fanatical with his faith in God, but he still keeps on lifting up the name of Jesus, anyway. And this stout boldness is shown even in an area like New York City; a place that doesn't necessarily pride itself on evangelical Christianity.

If you were paying the slightest attention to the National Football League (NFL) recently, heading into the playoffs, you would have said, "It seems like I've seen this story before, haven't I?" Yes, this looks extremely similar to the Tim Tebow saga in Denver. Another athlete who surprised the sports world with his uncanny ability in clutch time, on a pro-level. It's also no surprise that Jeremy's favorite athlete is Tim Tebow, not even a former basketball legend like Jordan, Bird or Magic.

Jeremy is so impressed with Tim's passion for his sport, but he's overwhelmingly taken in by Tim's unashamed passion for Jesus. As a Christian, even if you're not a Broncos or Knicks fan; you should consider championing these 2 athletes because you're a Jesus fan. All they're doing is constantly shining selflessly, being a strong testimony to the sports world and the culture at large.  

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) NIV

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