Last night I was inspired more than I have been in years. What I witnessed last night has had me asking myself the question all night, “How long will you believe?” Some of you may already know the story but last night 10-year minor league basketball player Andre Ingram (32yrs old) played his first NBA game after being called up to join the Los Angeles Lakers this week.
Andre received the announcement during what he thought would be an exit interview from his minor league team. However, he knew something was up when he noticed Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka (Lakers General Manager) had showed up. Each of them, as well as Lakers Coach Luke Walton, were all smiles as they congratulated him on being rewarded for 10 years of sacrifice.
10 years chasing a dream, 10 years of wondering if you ‘re hurting your wife and family, 10 years of praying that this is thing was going to work. Well last night they gave him his shot not only did he make the dream come true, but he shined because he was READY!
As I watched him hit his first 4 shots scoring 19 points on 4 for 5 from 3-point range for the game, all I kept wondering is how many times throughout this journey did he want to quit?
At 32 I know people were wondering why he was even still trying. How many people in his family did not believe? How many voices did he have to ignore? How many times did he look at his little girl before he left and say, “Baby I’m doing this for you?”
Being a former basketball player myself the story had special significance for me. As you move throughout your day and fight the struggles that you usually do I want to reignite your push. Continue to Fight…Continue to Work…Continue to Pray!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait for it with patience.