For Kerby Raymundo, who is accustomed to being a go-to-guy in his team for more than a decade, the adjustment was difficult when he was traded by B-Meg (now San Mig Coffee) to Barangay Ginebra last season.
Instead of the usual 30-35 minutes of playing time, the 6’6” Raymundo saw his minutes drop to career-lows of 10-12 minutes per contest.
Raymundo admits that he was discouraged during those times, the feeling of being “laos” (has-been) perhaps, replaying in his mind, to the point of contemplating early retirement once his contract expires on August 31 this year at a still competitive age of 32.
Yet, Raymundo, a born-again Christian and an active member of Victory-Fort, said he found strength in two Bible verses, which has encouraged him a lot through these challenging times.
Hebrews 10:35-36 says, 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
And the other verse, 1 Peter 2:6 says, 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
These two separates passages from the Bible, he said reminded him to base his security and his future on God and not on his career, which is so uncertain.
“Thank God talaga muna at answered prayers dahil this conference, nakabalik na ako,” Raymundo shared.
He also thanked his personal strength and skills trainer for plyometrics, John Aquino and Barangay Ginebra trainer Bong Basilio for keeping him in game shape, as well as teammate Elmer Espiritu, with whom he often plays one-on-one to keep him sharp.
At the same time, he took the time to thank his coach Alfrancis Chua, whom God used to give him his second wind so to speak in his career.
Now, after spending a rocky part of his career with the Gin Kings, Raymundo has been seeing a ray of hope and resurgence lately in his game.
In fact, in his last three games, Raymundo is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes of action – numbers that have gone up compared to his paltry 6.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes of play during his first 11 outings with the Gin Kings in the mid-season conference.
Like Raymundo, we all go through anxious moments, tough times and seasons of seemingly endless cycle of defeat or weakness. But watching Raymundo overcome by trusting in God and His word, we call can come out victors instead of victims.
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