“the Lord was preparing me for a bigger stage to represent and be a witness for Him…” -Steph Curry
What’s the first thing people think of when they hear the name Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors?
1: He is the greatest shooter in the National Basketball Association right now and perhaps in its history. (He’s averaging 29.8 points a game this season and 6.6 assists. He’s already made 245 three-pointers, or nearly five per game. Last year he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and he is a three-time NBA all-star.)
2: He’s the star of the Golden State Warriors and the reason his team is winning. (He’s led the Warriors to a stunning 48-4 record this year, the best 52-game start in NBA history.)
3: He’s a major fan favorite. (“I’m not even a Warriors fan,” said one 18-year-old high school basketball player from New York. “I just like watching Steph Curry play. He’s a great shooter. He’ll make three three-pointers in a row and it looks so effortless. He’s just amazing.”)
The man behind all of these athletic accomplishments, however, will surprise a lot of basketball fans and casual onlookers alike (although devoted fans know how often he points upward after he makes one of his famous jump shots).
Far more spiritual and a richer, deeper person than his skills on the boards would suggest, Curry is a person of deep faith.
“I remember it like it was yesterday, the day I gave my life to Christ,” he told the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for its magazine not long ago. “I was in fourth grade, and I recall hearing and understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ and walking down the aisle to give my life to Him.”
After that moment, Curry said, his life completely changed. “My parents continued to pour into my faith from that point on, making sure I understood the commitment I’d just made,” he said.
His father, Dell Curry, played 16 years in the NBA; his mother encouraged him to give an outward sign to God to acknowledge the greater power in his life.
Curry, 27, who is 6’3″ and 190 pounds, explained his journey to the NBA this way: “I knew the Lord was preparing me for a bigger stage to represent and be a witness for Him on the basketball court. I remembered my mom telling me from day one at Davidson (College, where he played for three years) that God puts His people in different arenas of life so that they can reach more people for Him. I tried to use that time for His glory.”
“God has given me talents to play basketball for a living, but I still have to work hard to improve every day,” he told the magazine. “I know that in the grand scheme of things, this is just a game that can be taken from me at any moment.”
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VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150
QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”
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