Week 28 (Day 2) : Go The Distance

Ephesians 5:16 
Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 

Before Jeremy Lin, there was an NBA journeyman who worked his way to become one of the greats who played the game of basketball. Avery Johnson was an NBA player who went undrafted in the 1988 NBA draft. But still, Johnson was signed by the Seattle SuperSonics and spent the next 16 years playing in the NBA, including stints with the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and Dallas Mavericks. Imagine the stress of going from city to city year after year. But that didn’t stop Johnson in pursuing his dream to become an NBA player. Johnson was best known for his time with the San Antonio Spurs (1991, 1992–1993, 1994–2001), particularly for his integral role on the 1999 Spurs team that won the NBA championship against the New York Knicks. Johnson made the championship-winning shot in Game 5. The San Antonio Spurs retired Johnson’s number 6 on December 22, 2007 in a home game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was also inducted into the “San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame” on February 20, 2009.

Everything he achieved was because of discipline. He knew he had to work hard for him to stay in the league for a very long time. He worked hard every single day to improve his game. And that transpired until he retired and was asked to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He became NBA Coach of the Year in 2006 and led the team in the 2006 NBA Finals. 

The secret is discipline in training. And training in secret. Without other people watching you. No cameras, no press, no whatsoever. It’s just you and. And training has been the vital part of his development as a player, coach, husband, father and leader. He became what he is now because of training and making the most of every opportunity he got as a person. He knew that he needed to work hard and improve in order to stay in the NBA. 

But of course, there must be a balance in discipline. Johnson knew when to stop and let God decide. Because he didn’t know what the future held. All he wanted to do was play. No matter where, as long as he was doing the thing that he loved the most with God on his side, he didn’t care. That’s why there is truth found in Proverbs 3:5-6,”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” It stuck with him because today’s world is on wherein it’s tough to slow down and train ourselves to trust. But sometimes, it what exactly is required of us. Sometimes, God wants us to trust and just have some alone time with Him. 

Just like baking. Compared to the microwave, in baking, we need to have a deliberate approach to preparation.  Then when we walk outside our doors into what we call reality, our private training will have an impact in every area of our lives.

If you don’t  grind when the seats are empty, then you can’t shine when they are full.
The Greatest Leader Ever: Essential Leadership Principles


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