Today’s athletes get more media attention due to the Internet Age.
With the popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and blog sites, exploits of athletes become the subject of people’s conversations everyday.
One day, as I was reading stories on various exploits of athletes in various sports sites, I chanced upon Chad Bonham’s interview with Oklahoma City star and 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant at www.belief.net.
The interview though happened just shortly after Durant’s key role in leading Team USA to the 2012 World Championships gold medal in Istanbul, Turkey.
Being one of the most popular pro basketball players in the planet today, Durant admitted that it is hard to be humble.
Why? Because being in the media limelight (both from print and online) oftentimes can go to an athlete’s head.
Here’s an excerpt from that interview. But if you want to read the entire interview, you can go straight to www.beliefnet.com.
“It’s tough man. I can’t lie. I can’t lie about that. But I always kind of pinch myself and say that any day this can be gone. In the Bible, (it says) the Lord exalts humility and that’s one thing I try to be all the time—when I’m talking in front of people or when people tell me I’m great, I (remind myself that I) can always be better. I always work on what I have now. I’ve just got to be thankful to the Lord for what the gifts He’s given me. My gift back to Him is to always be humble and to always try to work as hard as I can. I’ve got to continue to be that way. I know that if I try to get a big head, my mom is going to do a great job of bringing me back down to size. I have the best of both worlds with the coaches we have here and my parents and my family doing it back at home. I’m in pretty good hands.”
Staying humble isn’t easy, especially when things seem to go well for you. But in the years that I’ve covered athletes as a sportswriter in the Philippines, chronicling their exploits in their respective sports, I believe the secret to humility is by recognizing that your achievements and successes come from only One Source – God.
By winning the MVP this past season, Durant is now in the company of all-time NBA greats like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, among others.
But upon receiving his MVP trophy, the first thing that came out of his mouth was “thank God for using basketball as a platform to inspire people.”
Lesson? Wherever you are today, whatever situation you face, whether you are successful now, or maybe, you’re still trying to find a niche in this world, I encourage you to keep that posture of humility – acknowledging that we can’t do it on our own. It is only when we allow God to leading us that WE CAN.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”