Whether you are a sports fan or not, you know about Lebron James. Recently, we’ve been bombarded by all things Lebron James and after months of prognostication – culminating in days of frenetic hype, panic, euphoria, and speculation – Lebron James made his decision to leave Cleveland and join the Miami Heat.
His choice to leave was a right he has earned as a free agent but since he spoke so much about speaking and receiving “counsel” from a small group of friends, family, and confidantes, I wondered this question:
If I were Lebron’s pastor, how would I advise him?
Truthfully, I don’t know if Lebron is a Christian or goes to church but that’s beside the point. I would advise him in the following 5 ways if I were his pastor:
1. Have you prayed? Have you sought the guidance of the Lord?
Seriously. I know this is cliche advice but it’s the most important question. Happiness is not the key. In fact, I think it’s over-rated. Rather, what is your trajectory of purpose and obedience.
2. You’re not an island to yourself.
Ohio is your state. Akron is your city. Cleveland is your team. Which community needs you more?
3. Persist. Have courage.
Lebron shouldn’t have to apologize for wanting to win championships. That’s the pinnacle for an athlete and it would make complete sense if Cleveland was a horrible team but they won the most regular season games for the past two years. Persist and have courage.
4. There’s more to life than Basketball.
And that means what it exactly says: There’s more to life than basketball. What would give you the best opportunity to influence your family, children, community, and world?
I would remind him of this great quote from John Wooden:
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. … Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
How would you advise Lebron if you were his pastor or in the same community group?
Like him or not, he’s a fantastic player – a once in a lifetime player. Eventually, we all know he’ll win a few championships and he’ll end up on my famous list: Top 10 Basketball Players of All-Time.
* I’d also advise him to donate to One Day’s Wages.🙂
For the record, his earnings last year were $43,000,000 which makes his one day’s wages = $170,634.92. That would make a significant impact in our fight to empower those living in extreme poverty.