Recently, in light of Michael Jordan’s induction to the NBA’s Hall of Fame, I was reminded of the inspiration Michael Jordan has been to so many people who played and play the game of basketball. It is hard not to get a bit nostalgic, since I grew up in Chicago. I still remember in my younger years, when my friends and I would play basketball and try to imitate some of his moves on the court.
In the last two decades, Michael Jordan has become the icon of basketball, as well as the ambassador for basketball. I still remember going to China and other countries for missions and almost everyone knew who Michael Jordan was. In fact, Jordan was more known by people than the name of Jesus.
Jordan’s love for the game was infectious and the level that he played at was phenomenal. Not only was he one of the fiercest competitors, but his ability to elevate other players’ game to a higher level was incredible to see.
When you see him play you can’t help but to be in awe.
When we witness people who are passionate about what they do and who are also good at what they do, they become an incredible inspiration. I am wondering if followers of Christ can learn some lessons on being an inspiration from Jordan.
Today, I saw this video on his last NBA game and it just encapsulated a lot of the impact that he had on the game and also on the people. Even though it was an away game, there was so much respect and love from the opposing team and their fans. This only happens when you have transcended the game.
I couldn’t help but to get a bit teary eyed as I saw the response of MJ and the fans in that arena. I am wondering if this is how it is going to be when the writer of Hebrews talks about the “great cloud of witnesses” (Heb 12:1). When everything is said and done, the question for us will be – “Did we live our lives passionately for Christ and do what God has called us to do?”
Here is MJ’s last game as a professional NBA player. What a way to go out in glory!