Having faith in God for what your heart desires is a key factor to achieving those desires. Most athletes want to be great at their respective sports, but often miss out on their blessing because of a pessimistic state of mind. God wants you to be great and to achieve great things in life. To receive those things, we must keep an optimistic frame of mind at all times. That’s not to say you won’t ever become discouraged or challenged, because at times you will be tested. Even during challenging times, we must know that God has our back and our best interest at heart.
Back in 2005 I was a freshman in college playing basketball for McNeese State University. I hardly got any playing time my freshman year and I became very discouraged about my future as a basketball player. I often complained about not getting playing time and being treated unfairly by my coach. The truth is that we had upper class men who at that time were just better than me. I was still skinny and built like a high school player and they were older, strong, and a year away from graduating college. However, back then with a freshman’s logic I didn’t realize that nor did I care. Moving along, I eventually stopped with the complaining and began putting more effort and work into my faith in God and basketball. I decided to let God work and fight my battles for me putting all my trust in him. I thanked him for the plans and work he had already begun to make happen in my life. Once I adopted this frame of mind I could see him slowly working in my life. In addition, I also worked hard at my craft. I was 185 lbs. at the end of my freshman season. When I came back at the start of my sophomore year I was 215 lbs. I went from playing a total of 41 minutes the entire season as a freshman to 35 minutes a game and starting as a sophomore. Talking about a total turn around. I was on the verge of wanting to quite or even transfer to a different school just a year ago and now God had totally turned everything around in my basketball life. That season taught me a lot not only about basketball, but about having faith in God.
In conclusion, since that sophomore season I’ve had plenty of challenges in life on and off the court. I won’t get into any details, but I will say having strong faith and trust in God has got me where I’m at today!
John A Pichon