Stephen Curry: To God Be The Glory

on Saturday, 10 October 2015. Posted in Inspire Hub

Killer three-point jumpers from way downtown, sick crossover moves, and fancy assists—fans and rivals alike simply dropped their jaws in amazement: how in the world does he do that? The once lowly hero that was Stephen Curry became world-famous in the 2015 NBA Finals. Such a life force he was inside the court that he was awarded the 2014–2015 NBA Most Valuable Player and earned recognition as the Best Male Athlete in the ESPY Award.   

 

This hero’s rise to stardom did not come as manna raining down from heaven. He sweated it out, so to speak. He spent thousand of hours practicing his clutch shot, handles, and passing before the world directed its spotlight at him.

Notwithstanding his short and small stature, Curry is a player to be reckoned with. If Michael Jordan was known for his tongue-out airborne dunks, Kobe Bryant for his graceful and unstoppable fade-away jump shots, and Lebron James for his kingly alley-oops, Stephen Curry is notable for his well, curried (read: spiced up) versatility. Whenever he releases the ball, the world glides into slow motion as in a movie, waiting to hear the ball swish through the net.

The Ritual

The crowd gets electrified—shouting at the top of their lungs as they wave their banners—whenever Curry makes a big play. He then taps his chest and points a finger heavenward.

“I try to use every game as an opportunity to witness. I try to do a little signal every time I make a shot as a way to preach the message in little ways that I can,” Curry told the Christian Post. He then added, “Each game is an opportunity to be on a great stage and be a witness for Christ. When I step on the floor, people should know whom I represent, whom I believe in.”

Here is a point guard who does not only play to win, but also plays to preach. His pulpit is the basketball court. Whilst he made it clear in one of his interviews that he’s not the “beat people over the head with the Bible” type, he is definitely not ashamed to let the world know about his faith. His preaching is as loud as the cheering of the crowd.

 Anchored to the Word

During the unveiling of the Curry One, his signature shoe for Under Armour, a media member asked Curry about the meaning of 4:13 on the tongue of the sneakers, reports Rapzilla. With a face all lightened up, Curry explained that it represents his favorite bible verse Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

“It’s also my mantra, how I get up for games ,and why I play the way I do,” Curry added.

Curry had faced quite a many ankle injuries in the past, not to mention that scary head contusion he had during the Game 4 in the Playoffs against the Houston Rockets. Needless to say, along with the undying support of his family and friends, sticking to his mantra was one of the things that helped him recover.

The Rainmaker

Oh, we can’t wait to see Stephen Curry together with his army of warriors brave the hard court in the next season of NBA. Will they be able to defend their title as the champions? The odds certainly are towering. (Lebron James and the Cavaliers are now roaring for a comeback!) But if the other teams can’t find a way to stop this unselfish point guard, it’s still going to rain balloons, confetti, and champagne in the Golden State. And yes, in between kissing that trophy, he’s going to tap his chest and point his finger heavenward.

Things to ponder:

  1. Stephen Curry’s pointing heavenward after making a point is his way of witnessing as a Christian. How do you preach the gospel in your own unique way?
  2. What is your favorite Bible verse and how does this apply to your life?
  3. What were your triumphs and losses in life that only led you closer to God?

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