Walk Humbly

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Years ago I had the opportunity to pick up a little boy and head off to Oklahoma for a couple of days. We went to see his Great Grandparents and some other family. He was still really young and I wasn’t sure if I could handle a little one by myself, but I did it.

Trae is my oldest grandchild and the only one of my grandkids that I have ever taken on a trip by myself. Not sure if I learned from that experience or just the simple fact the opportunity never came around again.

He continued to grow and did some really neat things. When he was in grade school he was interviewed by a writer from the Norman Transcript. She asked him what his life would be like if he was the first son living in the White House. I doubt very seriously if she was ready for his answer.

He said, “If I had to move to the White House, my dog, Ally, would make the trip with me. I would also take a visit from the Miami Heat basketball team. That would be really cool.”

Well, some things change. Ally lives with Papa and Memaw now. The kids love to come see her and always want to pet her. Ally continues to be a part of the family even though she does not live in the White House – she lives at my house!

Now for the Miami Heat. I would have to say that it is possible he would still want them to visit him, but since he now plays for the Atlanta Hawks they might be second. Trae has come a long way from that time in Jackson Elementary in Norman.

Of course making his way to the NBA and playing for the Hawks has been a great time for him. He has done a really great job and has kept things moving in a good direction. While he is only in season two of his NBA career, some great things have taken place.

I suppose this past week was definitely one of those times. He was selected to be on the NBA Eastern All Star team. He will be a starter for this game and that places him at a pretty high level. I am truly excited for Trae and trust that this will be a growing point for him in his NBA career.

Now before you think I’m going to spend this time bragging on Trae, let me share something with you. While I want Trae to continue to advance in his career and become the player he has wanted to be, there is more to it for me.

It is my hope and desire that Trae uses his career as a platform to lift up the name of Jesus. I want him to stay focused first and foremost on his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s like I tell him again and again – ‘Remember Who you are playing for.’

His team is the Atlanta Hawks, his coach is Lloyd Pierce and his house is in Atlanta, Ga. Yet the One who has placed him in this position is the Lord. God has opened the door of opportunity for Trae to be an influence in people’s lives that goes beyond the court.

I believe Trae knows that God has a desire for him to make an impact in the lives of those around him. But when I tell him to remember Who he is playing for I want him to go further. James 4:10 says – “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” That’s my prayer for Trae and all who follow the Lord.

I don’t know what tomorrow may hold for Trae, but I do know Who holds his tomorrow. It is the same for each of us. God holds our tomorrows and when we come humbly before Him, He will direct our paths in the way we should go.

Trae, Papa wants you to know that I love you and I am praying for you as you go through these coming days. Trust Him to lead you each step of the way. He will never fail you. And remember --

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul