In 2003, the NBA bid farewell to the greatest superstar it had ever seen. Michael Jordan defined basketball for an entire generation and is still to this day, the iconic figure by which every other player is compared. Up until the last few years, if you were to ask 10 people who the greatest player of all time is, nine would say Michael Jordan. I would have been one of the nine.
I loved saying that Michael Jordan was the best to ever play the game. Not because I really cared for him as a person or had a deep spiritual connection with the guy. It was simply a matter of pride that I was around to see the greatest ever during his prime. I’m not connected to the man, I’m connected to his accomplishments. In a way, all of us who followed him throughout his career feel the same way.
In the same year that Michael Jordan retired, a young man from Akron, Ohio entered the NBA draft straight out of high school. Being from Ohio, I started following Lebron James when he was an 8th grader and I was incredibly interested in where his career was going to take him. As we all watched his career unfold and we WITNESSed his amazing talent, there started to be rumblings about him competing with Mr. Jordan for that coveted spot atop the world of all-time greats.
The interesting thing to me was how many people didn’t want to accept that there could ever be another G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). I, however welcomed Lebron as the King of the Hill. Just like Tiger Woods in his prime, it’s an honor to observe greatness no matter what you may think of the person. As I grow in wisdom I realize that I love to see greatness in others because I long to see it in myself. Being the best I can be is at the forefront of my mind and it drives my desire to be a great leader in my home, and be a great employee at my job. It fuels me to raise my child the right way and help others reach their potential. What does greatness look like to you?
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God has put us on this Earth to do great things. No matter how insignificant we may feel at times, we have seeds of greatness inside of us and it’s up to us cultivate it and watch it grow.
Where do we begin? As men, greatness begins in our heart. What condition is our heart in? When our heart is in good working order, then the rest will follow.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
In order to be the men God has called us to be, we must guard our hearts. We do that by putting measures in place in our lives to keep the heart clean. Here are just a few things that can cause the heart to go in the wrong direction and what you can do to guard against them.
When fear and doubt started creeping in, we tend to lose focus on God and allow our concerns to take control. The Bible says that we were not made to fear so having fear pollutes our hearts and limits our potential for greatness. When you are faced with an uncertain situation just know that the opposite of faith is certainty. There’s no place for faith when you have it all figured out. If you find yourself worried, just know that it’s your opportunity to trust in the one that makes all things great!
A man with integrity is a man who lives his life with humility. Pride is the opposite of God. Pride breeds complacency and we all know that nobody ever became great by sitting on their lazy butts. In order to reach our full potential, we must be humble and understand that we’re a constant work in progress. This will drive us to always strive for greatness.
Sexual sin such as pornography and lustfully looking at women who are not your wife, are some of the biggest pollutants to a man’s heart. Pornography completely warps our perception of intimacy and causes us to view women as objects. It has been scientifically proven that porn usage actually releases bonding chemicals in your brain causing you to bond to those images you see on a screen. This dramatically alters the way we view women and ultimately effects our ability to love them, lead them, and provide for them the way God intended.
The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 6:18 that we must flee from sexual immorality. That means we do whatever is necessary to get away from it. If seeing a beautiful woman on the side of the street tempts you to fall into sexual sin, then you must guard your eyes. If going certain places make you want to fall into sexual sin, then avoid those places. Putting measures in place to flee from sexual immorality will protect your heart and build you up toward greatness.
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James were all born with a talent that helped make them good, but they had to work very hard to become great. In the same way, we have been created to do great things, but first, we have to work. It starts with obeying God and living your life with integrity and purpose and then God will direct your path from there.
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