Tuesday Motivation: (Justin Rogers)

God Gold of the Day

If you’re looking for some Tuesday Motivation that will get you jacked enough to run through a wall, it’s not coffee, it’s EVEN BETTER!!! Super excited to share with you today a God Gold from my older brother, Justin! I literally sat here and read it, can’t put into words how needed this golden encouragement was to hear! To hear how moved Justin was about “hard work” when he is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever seen, that just added an extra shot of motivation to it!!! So I’m beyond pumped for you too to have your perspective boosted, your heart lifted, and your fire burning on this Tuesday!!! Buckle up your seat belts and enjoy!!!

“In wake of the tragedy I’m sure you have heard about this week, I would like to tell you a story I heard a few years back about Kobe. Whether you follow basketball or not, a lot can be applied through the work ethic on display. This story was told through Jason Williams, who was an up and coming star with the Bulls at that time. The Bulls had a game scheduled against Kobe and Shaq that night, both of whom had just won the NBA title the year before. The game was at 7 and Jason had always been known to outwork his opponents, but had extra motivation due to the big game against the Lakers. This was a huge opportunity for Jason to prove he belonged among the NBA’s greats. Jason got there early, around 3:00pm, and wanted to make sure he made 400 shots before he got ready for the game that night. When he got to the court, he saw Kobe Bryant down on the other end of the court working out in a dead sweat already. So, Jason proceeded to start working out and about an hour and a half later sat down as he was done with his work. He noticed Kobe was still going at it and wasn’t just going through the motions. Jason stated, “He was going through his moves at game speed”. He sat for another 25 minutes and watched from the other end of the court. Jason thought in his mind no way Kobe has anything left for the game. Well Kobe went on to score 40 points that night and led the Lakers to a victory over Jason’s Bulls. After the game Jason met up with Kobe as he still couldn’t believe what he had seen take place that day.  Jason then goes up to him and says, “Hey Kobe, why were you in the gym for so long?” Kobe responded, “Because I saw you come in and I wanted you to know that it doesn’t matter how hard you work, I’m willing to work harder than you”.

1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 says,

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

What if we dedicated our life to the prize stated in the verse above? What if we took the same motivation as Kobe took to be the best at his craft? Think about all the lives we could reach if we used this mentality every day. We are in the race right now and based on the events just a couple of days ago, that race could end at any time. Push yourself to do things a little different, even if it hurts or doesn’t feel as comfortable as your normal routine. Let’s not leave anyone behind and go the extra mile to take as many people with us as we can before our race ends.”

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24 year old dude with not a clue what he's doing but God's grace continues to amaze me! Current Seminary student, avid adventure seeker, and getting married to the most humble, weird, and beautiful girl on the planet! Wasted a lot of years living what I thought was the "good life", then Christ showed me what living really is. I pray that my story can somehow help in whatever way possible, to give encouragement and hope that Christ can do the same with you.

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