I’m not even going to lie to you, I don’t really follow basketball. However, I did grow up living with the biggest MJ fan I know, my dad! Anything dealing with Michael Jordan, my dad either knew it or had it. I’m talking bobbleheads, old wheaties boxes, cards, apparel, books, Space Jam lol…you name it! So i’ve grown up knowing exactly who Michael Jordan is and the impact he’s had on the game of basketball. I don’t care what anyone says. They can compare stats and all that…but I don’t think there will ever be another Michael Jordan.
What stands out to me the most about this man who has won 6 national championships, played on two Olympic gold medal basketball teams, started a brand, and just created an entire legacy in general is his humble beginning. Over spring break I picked up one of those MJ books off my dad’s shelf and I was very inspired. Yes it’s true that writers can obviously hype things up, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Michael Jordan’s passion, work ethic, and drive to better himself in the game of basketball was accurately displayed.
One particular point in his life that spoke to me the most was the fact that he got “cut” from his high school basketball team (or just placed on JV rather). To him i’m sure it was all the same. He knew he was good enough to make Varsity and wanted it oh so badly, but his coach had an opinion otherwise. This man who has gone on to be a legend didn’t always have an easy path of victories.
I’ve come to realize this in my own life. I’m not going to always get my anticipated victories no matter how badly I want them or how much I think I’m ready. Here’s what’s true…In their hearts humans plan their course, but it is the LORD that establishes their steps (Proverbs 16:9). This has become even more of a reality within the past week. If you follow me regularly on social media you will know that one thing I wanted more than anything was to be a registered dietitian and i’m ever so passionate about nutrition. Well, as of recent Match Day, April 2, 2017 7:03 pm, a whole entire brick was thrown into my dreams. I wasn’t matched to a dietetic internship and I will say it shattered my heart; to be working for something for so long and to not reach your main goal. It really hurt, but I know God sees the bigger picture and has a plan. I feel this is something I can be transparent about because maybe it will inspire someone else to see the bigger picture. God does everything for a reason. To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). I just take it that it wasn’t my time yet.
I find solace both in talking to God and looking at Michael Jordan’s story. This man who went on to win 6 national championships and build an entire empire was once cut. Some of the recounts I’ve read said he wasn’t chosen for the varsity team because he didn’t meet a height requirement… and “his shooting was merely good and his defense mediocre.” Those same stories also depict a young Michael Jordan crying in his room after he didn’t see his name on the varsity roster. Yeah he made the JV team, but what he really set out to do was make the varsity team. I know the feeling all too well…both with Match day and times in the past.
One thing I’ve learned…don’t despise the humble beginnings, don’t despise when they choose someone else over you. God has something bigger planned for you. You don’t know how He is positioning you to better benefit you in the future. I know in the moment it may be hard to view it as a blessing…but I believe God puts us in these tough situations for a reason. Humble yourself, learn, work on yourself, and build. Whatever you do don’t stop relentlessly pursuing that passion of yours. Go the extra mile to make yourself better. Don’t worry about the naysayers. Don’t worry about not being chosen for the varsity team because you may be the one to go on to win many national championships; or even create an entire legacy. The One who has called you is faithful, and He will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Though your beginning will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be (Job 8:7). God will never allow you to fail at the purpose he’s given you! Seek Him for understanding and guidance in all that you do!
I hope that anyone reading this will be inspired to keep going. Keep fighting for your dreams. You are worthy of greatness. Much love! 🙂