On Saturday, I decided to stay up and watch an NBA game between two of this year’s best teams: the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
I only watch a few games each year, but one of the reasons I watched this one was because of one of the most-inspiring players, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, was playing. He played for a smaller college, is a Christian and family man, always gives credit to his Maker and shows a spirit of never giving up.
In Saturday’s game, he rolled his ankle; when I saw the replay, I thought it could be a season-ending injury. In the second half, to almost everyone’s surprise, he came back into the game, after having his ankle taped up, and led his team to victory, scoring 46 points. When the Warriors were behind in overtime, Curry made two 3-pointers, one of which was the game-winner from just inside the half-court line.
Even if you don’t like sports, this would have been worth the watching just to see Curry’s perseverance. This same spirit should be in every Christian — we should never give up.
The Apostle Paul encourages this spirit in Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Sometimes, we look at our situations and they look impossible, like there isn’t even a light at the end of the tunnel. We should never give up on those for whose salvation we are praying.
We should never give up on our marriages. We should never give up on our children, no matter what they have done. We should never give up on the turning around of our finances. We could go on and on with examples; you know the miracle or miracles you need to see in your life. We serve a God who, according to Ephesians 3:20, “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”