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Deion Sanders Testimony

Source: ToTheNextLevel

The following is told by Deion Sanders. Sanders was a two-sport star in Major League Baseball and the National Football League:

“I remember winning the Super Bowl that year, and that night after the game I was the first one out of the locker room, the first one to the press conference, and the first one to go home. And I remember my wife, Carolyn, saying to me, “Baby, you just won the Super Bowl! Don’t you have a party downstairs or something to go to?” And I just said, “Nah,” and rolled over and went to sleep. That was the same week I bought myself a brand new $275,000 Lamborghini, and I haven’t even driven a mile before I realized, “No, that’s not it. That’s not what I’m looking for. It’s got to be something else, I’m so hungry.”

That’s when the Lord was really calling me. There was nobody going through it with me. It was just me, one-on-one with God. I tried running from it and running from it, and even when I was playing baseball the following year in Cincinnati, the Lord kept calling me, pulling me, drawing me along.

I tried everything. Parties, women, buying expensive jewelry and gadgets, and nothing helped. There was no peace. I mean I was playing great. I got all this media attention and everything the world has to offer, but no peace, no joy, just emptiness inside.

The Bible describes it in the first chapter of Ecclesiastes as chasing after the wind, and that’s exactly what it was like. I tried to by myself something to make me happy and I was even emptier than before, because I could see that nothing could possibly satisfy the hunger that was deep down inside of me.

I tried throwing myself into my career, into sports, trying to see how far I could go, and when I achieved every goal I could think of, I was right back where I started. Empty, empty, empty and nothing I did could touch that deep loneliness inside of me. I was just running, I couldn’t stop. (more…)

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January 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm 2 comments

Cowboys’ Anthony Henry Testimony

Source: Sharing The Victory

Anthony Henry remembers the 1.5-hour walks well.

Who knows how much of his childhood was spent accompanying his mother, Mae Robinson, on her treks to work? Sure, she could’ve tried the car; but it broke down all the time, so why bother? Besides, many weeks, this was the only significant time Anthony and Mae got to spend together, considering the long hours and multiple jobs she had to work to keep the creditors at bay.

The walks were good for reflecting, at least for Mae. There was plenty to think about: life as a single parent, the surrounding crime that threatened to snatch her youngest boy, and her older children who had already been ensnared.

Anthony, though, didn’t mull such things. He was 11 and just happy to be with his mom. Whatever he did after they arrived, it was certainly better than the alternative of idle hours spent in the projects. He was away—for a few fleeting moments, at least—from the guns. Away from the dope-pushers. Away from the destructive maelstrom that swallowed up so many souls. (more…)

January 9, 2008 at 7:58 pm 1 comment

LPGA’s Suzanne Strudwick Testimony

Source: Beyond The Ultimate

LPGA Golfer Suzanne Strudwick:

I grew up in a good family environment, playing lots of sports— especially golf. I attended the church of England, but I didn’t understand how I could have a “personal relationship” with Him. How could He hear me? Why would He listen?

Another tour player told me about Jesus’ love. She shared of how I could repent or turn away from my sin and receive forgiveness in and through the person of Jesus Christ. I saw a daily difference in the lives of some Christians I knew. In 1983, wanting to know God in that same way, by faith through prayer I received Him as my Savior and Lord.

God does listen and care! He answers my prayers. He is in my life—in my heart, in my mind, and in my friendships. He has even shown me ways that I can give back and experience greater fulfillment than I find in sinking a putt. He is always with me.

January 5, 2008 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

USA Men’s Soccer Defender Eddie Pope Testimony

Source: Beyond The Ultimate

USA Men’s Soccer Defender Eddie Pope Testimony:

I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family. Although church was meaningful to me, it soon became more of a routine than a heartfelt faith. That began to change during my freshman year at the University of North Carolina. I was playing both soccer and football. August was a grueling time, because I had two practices a day for each sport. It wasn’t long before I was exhausted.

Then a teammate gave me a card that contained some Psalms from the Bible. They made a lot of sense to me. They also provided me with the peace and strength I needed to get through each day. I came to realize that God is a “personal” God. His Word can be applied in every situation. I also realized it was time to quit going through the motions, to stop treating my relationship with God as a routine and to start making it the foundation of my life.

So, in a strange way, soccer has forced me to develop a relationship with God. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. With all the traveling and being away from family, having God as part of my daily routine is essential—even though He is anything but routine.

Life is too short to live without God. He is a necessity.

January 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Sonics’ Luke Ridnour Testimony

Source: Beyond The Ultimate

The following is from Seattle Super Sonics Guard Luke Ridnour:

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

After spending the first part of my life thinking basketball was the be-all, end-all of my existence, this verse finally put things into perspective. Throughout high school, basketball was my life. I didn’t want to be known for anything other than my accomplishments on the court. But even though I was blessed with many achievements and rewards, I still didn’t have peace. The problem was, basketball was just a game; but I was treating it like it was a god.

It wasn’t until college that I was finally able to see this clearly.

As much as I enjoyed the game, there was no way basketball could ever give me the lasting sense of fulfillment and meaning I craved. The only one who could provide those things was God.

That truth has become even more real to me since entering the NBA.

Even though I now have more success, fame, and money than I ever dreamed, my relationship with God is the only thing that brings me true peace and satisfaction.

What are your eyes fixed on: the seen or the unseen? Don’t settle for temporary satisfaction when you can have it for eternity. There is only room for one god in your life. So make sure you’ve chosen the One who can give your life meaning both now and forever.

January 5, 2008 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Shock Center Ruth Riley Testimony

Source: Beyond The Ultimate

The following is told by Detroit Shock Center Ruth Riley:

You may call it a “charmed” life—Notre Dame’s 2001 NCAA Championship—WNBA first-round draft pick—2004 WNBA Championship and Finals MVP with the Detroit Shock. An exhilarating ride, yes, but my life hasn’t always been so easy.

Growing up in a single-parent home was tough. Mom was always there and her faith encouraged me, but Dad seemingly never cared to know me. That was painful.

At Notre Dame I became intentional about reading books to improve my character, and began attending church. I started “owning” my faith.

Then came the WNBA draft, moving me to Miami away from family and friends. Challenged, I discovered even greater spiritual growth. Pre-game chapels helped me give God my distractions and focus on His strength. Team Bible studies gave me perspective, allowing God to continue to fill the void left by my dad’s absence.

I have confidence in my game because I know God loves me regardless of my performance, and shapes me through my circumstances for His purpose. When the Miami Sol folded and I ended up in Detroit, I didn’t panic, remembering that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Whether my circumstances are “charmed” or painful, I know this verse is true! My part is to love God; His part is to work everything for good! Although I don’t always do my part well, God always does His part. This truth inspires me to give God my best game both on and off the court.

January 5, 2008 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Bears’ John St. Clair ‘got serious about God’

Source: Beyond The Ultimate

The following is told by Chicago Bears Offensive Lineman John St. Clair. St. Clair talks about how he got serious about God.

“Do you know where you’d go if you died tonight?”

Just imagine: One minute I’m in the St. Louis Rams’ locker room celebrating with my teammates after we beat Philadelphia for the NFC Championship, and the next thing I know this reporter is asking me about my eternal destiny —on live radio! I fumbled through my answer, but afterwards it really made me think. Perhaps it was time I got serious about God.

I had grown up in a Christian home, but I had never taken God all that seriously. I believed in him—enough to know that I should be afraid of him—but I had never made him the foundation for my life. For me, football was everything. I didn’t have time for God.

“Perhaps it was time I got serious about God.”

After that night, however, things began to change. I started praying all the time—before every game, before every snap, even when I was on the bench. That made a huge difference in my life, especially when things weren’t going my way.

I’m still afraid of God today, but it’s a healthy fear, one that comes from knowing He is the most powerful being in the universe. Knowing this, I don’t need to be afraid of anything else—including the question of where I will go after I die—because I know I will go to be with Him.

January 5, 2008 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

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