It says in Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." This scripture saved my life. I've spent the last 8 years of my life chasing my dream. I've done every drill and gone to every tryout I could. I spent more hours practicing than sleeping relying on quotes like "I’ll sleep when I'm dead" to carry me through. Over the course of these 8 years I let my dream turn into an obsession, and I lost sight of why I started my path in the first place. I became more and more selfish over the years and I let my mind get corrupted. I began to exhaust myself thinking that I just need to fight through my problems instead of simply leaping over them. I let the freight trains of negativity hit me head on, and although I had the strength to keep going I lost momentum with every blow. I eventually slowed to a crawl as I battled a dislocated knee for two years. I realize now that I've been trying to do the right things for the wrong reasons. I realize that a king’s job must be selfless. You must put the kingdom before the man that where's the crown if your goal is for prosperity. A leader puts himself last because his only goal is to clear a path for his followers. I got caught up in the negativity of life and sought to prove that I can succeed under any circumstance instead of opening a new door to success. I'm blessed though. God knocked me down so that I can look up and see clearly. He sidetracked me purposely, so I can get back on the right track. Now I've gotten back to the roots of why I picked up that basketball in the first place. And now I remember that it’s just a game. Now it’s fun again, and now I can finally be myself again. The person that everyone needs me to be. You must be strong enough for success, so success doesn't make you weak.
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