The other day I came cross this story regarding Kobe Bryant and couldn’t stop talking about it! When I see something like this, I immediately want to share with others. Feel free to use this as a devotion or story in your youth program. It is located in the menu under resource zone!
Jay Williams is a former Chicago Bulls Point Guard and a current analyst for ESPN. He recently shared an awesome story about Kobe Bryant, and his passion for the game of basketball.
“The game is at 7. I’m going to come to Staples Center at 3 and make sure I make 400 made shots. Get to the gym, who do I see? I see Kobe Bryant already working out. It’s not like his moves are nonchalant. He’s doing game moves and I sit there and unlace my shoes. I want to see how long this goes. I sit there and watch another 25 minutes. OK, I’ve seen enough. That game he drops 40 on us and after the game I have to ask this guy, ‘why does he work like that?’ So after the game I’m like, ‘Hey Kobe, why were you in the gym for so long?’ He said, ‘I saw you coming in and I wanted you to know no matter how hard you work that I’m willing to work harder than you!”
Kobe Bryant didn’t become a NBA Superstar without trying. Yes, he has talent…but he has to work to sustain that talent.
I recently attended the “2017 Willow Creek Conference” and heard something awesome from one of the speakers. Angela Duckworth was speaking about “grit”! She said, “Grit is sustained passion and perseverance for especially long-term goals.” I loved her explanation.
Sometimes you may think you are the best at something, but, there will always be someone else out there, working hard, who may be a little bit better than you. Don’t be complacent. Have grit like Kobe. Work hard for what you want to achieve in your life.