Fix Your Eyes On Jesus

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Vicki and I were able to go to the NBA All Star game in Chicago to watch our grandson, Trae, play. I loved the Rising Stars game, the three point and dunking time as well as the All Star game. It was a special time.

I have been asked how I enjoyed the time. It was great except for the cold and traffic. I couldn’t believe how crazy things could get when you were trying to get from place to place. I know now why I don’t like driving on Hobart Street!

Every time we went anywhere, we had to deal with horns honking as drivers were trying to get from one place to another. We could often hear them from our hotel room all through the night. I do thank God for ear plugs!

I was thankful for the time we had with family and being able to watch Trae was a blessing. We are so proud of him and how God has blessed him. It is our hope and desire that he continues to grow in his game and becomes the young man God wants him to be.

In many respects, Trae is just beginning his journey in the NBA. He is in his second season and still has a great deal to learn. The steps that he takes in the coming days will determine the direction that his career will take in the future. I am confident that in the midst of all that is taking place he will do well.

There is something about Trae that a lot of people don’t know but I want to share at this time. Trae just loves to play basketball! It has always been something that he has loved and something that continues to drive him even now.

I really don’t know how he feels about all the hype, but I do know how he feels about basketball. He loves to be out on the court handling the ball and shooting those ‘deep threes’. His love for playing has always been a part of who he is. Basketball to Trae goes way beyond all the ‘stuff’.

He still practices, shoots around, dribbles up and down the court just enjoying having that basketball in his hands. He loves to step back and shoot that deep three. It’s frustrating when he’s not hitting them, but it doesn’t stop him.

As I shared before, my desire for Trae is to remember Whose he is. I want him to know that God is the one Who will direct his path and lead him along life’s way. I simply want him to trust God and live his life so others will see Jesus.

Of course that goes for every person. God’s desire is for each of us to trust Him and allow Him to lead us along the path of life. We may not have a platform like the NBA but God can still use us to reach out to others.

We can be an instrument He uses to bring people to a saving knowledge of Him. He wants to use us in such a way that people see His hand working in our lives. He wants to draw them to Himself and use us as a witness of that in our lives.

Heb. 12:1-2 says -- 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Yes, others have gone before Trae to do great things in the NBA and others will come after him. But his responsibility is to allow God to use him. Ours is to allow God to use us. So whatever venue you may walk in, fix your eyes on Jesus and let Him lead you.

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

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul