“LinSanity”…Not An Accident

Originally Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I’m sure everyone has heard about Jeremy Lin recently. This athlete plays professional basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has taken the world by storm with his electric playmaking skills for the New York Knicks. He has the fastest selling jersey in the league now. Many, around the world, are tuning in to watch the Knicks play…but especially to watch Jeremy Lin. This story has captured the world in amazement because…

1.He was unrecruited out of high school.

2.He played for Harvard University…a school that has produced more presidents than NBA players.

3.He was undrafted out of college.

4.He’s been cut by 2 teams and played a little in a developmental league before playing with the Knicks.

5.He has averaged more points in his first 8 starts than anyone in NBA history.

6.He is very humble…in a sport filled with ego latent men.

7.He’s Asian American…in a league dominated by African Americans.

Many have been confused at how he’s been looked over, even though he plays at such a high level. Even one of the coaches of the teams that cut him, gave a statement to the press saying, “I didn’t know he was that good…I hate that we cut him.”

This story is such “the talk of the world” that you can get amused at the many catch phrases the media use of his name.

LinSational (sensational)

Mr. Lincredible (Mr. Incredible)

Lintendo (Nintendo)

LinSane (Insane)

LinPossible (Impossible)

The most popular is Linsanity (Insanity).

If you look behind the story… there is a consistent thread.

He works hard at his craft!

His current fame is no accident. No one plays at the level he’s playing by putting on a jersey and showing up. This guy works hard! He also has a perseverance that’s amazing to emulate. To be cut by a couple of teams and then sent to a development league can discourage many from continuing their dream to play professional basketball. Jeremy Lin was discouraged by no stretch of the imagination…but continued to work hard. And when the opportunity came around for him to fill in and perform, he did what he naturally worked hard in doing. If he is able to stay healthy, the sky’s the limit for his NBA career.

His example of persevering and working hard encourages me to work hard for the glory of God whether I receive recognition or not.

Following this NBA sensation is definitely a treat…being encouraged in  working hard…while following my favorite sport!

Proverbs 14:23 says, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”- NIV

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