In November of last year, I jotted down a note (as I often do) of a blog topic. I like to believe that each topic is downloaded into my spirit by God himself, and called to my remembrance at an appointed time. Ironically today, as I strolled through my notes I came across the topic above. As many of you know, we lost a “G.O.A.T” in a tragic accident and the loss has been felt across the nation. So in my opinion, this topic is befitting of a life well-lived.
Kobe Bryant is an icon in the sport of Basketball. He entered the NBA in 1996 and committed to making the most of a demanding career. During his span in the league; Kobe won five championships, was an all-star, and MVP among other accomplishments. He was a force to be reckoned with on the court. However, there were some blemishes along the way that if not recovered from properly, would’ve turned his life upside down.
As a public figure, Kobe faced accusations as well as severe judgment for his actions. After which, the world saw an individual develop into a man of focus, integrity, and humility. He could’ve taken a turn for the worse, but instead, he chose to cling to his family and faith and regain his footing to become much better than he was before. He was faced with the darkest of nights and instead of succumbing to his circumstances, he chose to keep living life at its best.
Many of us have found ourselves in devastating situations; whether it be a life-shattering mistake or life-threatening illness, at some point we have all felt the ground break underneath our feet. The saying goes that we are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or heading into a storm. No one is exempt. With this knowledge, we should be proactive in our approach to recovery.
It can be easy to give in to the pressure, but it is most beneficial when we take the road less traveled and learn from the things that come to break us. I am a living witness to the fact that pain and suffering does not last and if you can just make it to the faith side of things, joy will be waiting in the morning. Don’t give up, or give in -no matter how bleak the current circumstances may be. There is another chance to get it right just around the corner, and how we use that chance makes all the difference.
Life is short -a vapor even, so every moment that we have should be spent pressing toward a higher mark...striving to be better than we were before. You simply cannot waste a moment on what happened, didn’t happen, or could’ve happened. You must live to the fullest capacity possible, while you have the time. There are so many low points in life, but the highs far outweigh the lows. The next time you are faced with a “death” situation (physical loss, failure, fear, judgment) choose to live through it. Remember that on the other side of it, there is another day to re-write the plot for the best.
As I remember the families affected by this loss in prayer, I am inspired to share this message of hope. Let what others remember about you be, how you persevered and made the most of the time you had here. Invest in yourself, trust God, and live life to the fullest.
Until next time, remember “Love Leads”.