Wednesday, July 1, 2009

When It's All On The Line - Part 2

I must say that I am not a basketball fan at all. I just don't understand it. However, I do love the slam dunk contests. They are so fun to watch. I am terrible at basketball so to see these guys do amazing tricks and get the ball in the basket is too cool.

When I was in high school a group of friends, who very much loved basketball, were watching the greatest dunks of all time on ESPN. I will never forget watching Spud Webb dunk. The guy is 5' 7' and can seriously dunk a basketball in a regulation size hoop! I would later find out he won the slam dunk competition in 1986. Talk about your accomplishments!

Of course you can imagine the "rebounding" he had to do in life. Not being able to play in school because he was too short. Get looked over even after he showed what he was capable of due to his size. Realizing the dream of being in the pro's only to be let go. Here's a guy who kept coming back no matter what was happening.

I think one of the greatest stories was how he trained a fellow "short" basketball player of 5'9' (Nate Robinson) to win the slam dunk contest 20 years later. Who knows if Nate watched highlights of Spud and gained an attitude of "If he can do it. I can do it".

Spud's story is what it's all about.
1. Slam dunking the ball against all odds because you're in it to win it.
2. Having an attitude that keeps driving you to succeed without feeling sorry for yourself.
3. Rebounding to win in life.
4. Passing on what you know to others so they can make a difference as well.

What are you ready to "slam dunk" in your life? What are you ready to rebound from? What are some stories that encourage you when you feel like giving up? Are you ready to win in life?

"To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears". 1 Corinthians 9:25 TLB

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