Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 4)

Jeremy Lin 4th quarter highlights vs Raptors (GW 3pts.) || 2.14.12 || HD

Uploaded by on Feb 14, 2012

Jeremy Lin hits the game-winner to lift Knicks over Raptors for their sixth straight win.

_________________

Here is a portion of an interview with Jeremy Lin about his faith:

Evangelical Portal

The Faith and Fate of Jeremy Lin

As an Asian-American, this basketball phenom at Harvard is blazing a trail. As a Christian, he’s striving to walk in faith.

By, March 03, 2010

An Interview with Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and led his basketball team at Palo Alto High School to the state championships in his senior year.  At Harvard University, Lin has built a national following, has been hailed as one of the finest point guards in the nation, and stands poised to enter the NBA as a high draft pick and the first Asian-American to achieve prominence in the NBA. 

Lin is among those receiving the highest number of votes for the Bob Cousy award, given annually to the nation’s most effective point guard.  He has been profiled in Time, Sports Illustrated and ESPN: The Magazine, as well as countless basketball magazines and newspapers from the United States to China. 

He spoke with Timothy Dalrymple in his dorm room at Harvard University.

___________

Everyone who steps on a basketball court will hear taunts and insults.  Yet racial slurs are another matter, and you have had to confront them regularly throughout your career, as the first Asian-American to reach this level.  Do you find it particularly difficult to respond in grace when racial slurs are used?

I’m naturally competitive and cocky.  I love proving people wrong.  I love competing.  When I first started hearing those remarks, I would always want to say something back, or to play well to get them back.  As I grew older, I realized that I shouldn’t allow that stuff to effect me, and at the same time I shouldn’t retaliate.  I shouldn’t say anything back.  So at this point, now, this year, it hasn’t really bothered me.  It’s just something I’m used to now, and it’s a good opportunity to reflect the grace of God when you don’t say anything back, or when you’re really respectful in return.  That says something powerful. 

We’ve talked about how your faith shapes your approach to basketball.  But how has basketball shaped your faith?  Has God used basketball to shape your character, to teach you, to strengthen you? 

Absolutely.  I’ve learned so many things through basketball, and God has really molded me and tested and affirmed my faith through basketball.  Given my experiences, if I look back at everything that’s happened, it’s hard for me not to trust God and know that he has a perfect plan for me.

In a sense, it’s easy for me.  Since I’ve been given so much through basketball, it’s easier for me to be thankful to God.  But at the same time, basketball has humbled me a great deal.  The more I play, the more I realize that the outcome is less up to me, and there’s less I can control.

But there’s so much more, so many lessons God has taught me through basketball-everything from pride to self-control to worth ethic and love and unselfishness. 

You mention humility.  How could it be that God has used basketball to humble you, when you’ve achieved so much?  Wouldn’t your basketball successes only make you more prideful?

No, it really is humbling.  You might be able to relate to this, since you were a gymnast.  There are times when I’m out there on the basketball court and it feels like I’m not even controlling my own body.  It’s almost as though someone else is using me as a puppet.  There are things I do, that, when I look at them afterwards, I wonder how I did that.  In moments like that, I realize that there is something more to what’s happening around me, something supernatural about it. 

It’s also humbling in another way.  When I won that state championship with Palo Alto High School, well, we would talk about winning the title.  Deep down inside, though, you’re not fully expecting the victory because only one team in the entire state can win it.  So, to be able to be there at that point in that tournament, to have that opportunity, I was, more than anything, just grateful.  There were so many things that had to happen just perfectly.  Tiny differences could have taken us out of contention for a championship. 

The other reason that athletic success can be humbling is because, even after you win a state championship, it’s not as fulfilling as you had thought it would be.  That’s humbling, too, and it says something about the way we chase after materialistic and worldly things.

Related posts:

Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 6)

Jeremy Lin – Knicks vs Kings FULL COMPLETE HIGHLIGHTS 2.15.12 HD ____________________ Jeremy Lin Post Game Interview. Sacramento Kings Vs New York Knicks. February 15th 2012 Uploaded by Smosharticles on Feb 15, 2012 Jeremy Lin Post Game Interview. Sacramento Kings Vs New York Knicks. February 15th 2012, 02/15/2012 10 Points, Career High 13 Assists in […]

Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 5)

Uploaded by doko0218 on Feb 15, 2012 Jeremy Lin Alley Oop To Landry Fields Knicks vs Kings _______________________ Jeremy Lin – Knicks vs Kings FULL COMPLETE HIGHLIGHTS 2.15.12 HD ____________________ Jeremy Lin Post Game Interview. Sacramento Kings Vs New York Knicks. February 15th 2012 Uploaded by Smosharticles on Feb 15, 2012 Jeremy Lin Post Game […]

Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 4)

Jeremy Lin 4th quarter highlights vs Raptors (GW 3pts.) || 2.14.12 || HD Uploaded by geraldd39 on Feb 14, 2012 Jeremy Lin hits the game-winner to lift Knicks over Raptors for their sixth straight win. _________________ Here is a portion of an interview with Jeremy Lin about his faith: Evangelical Portal The Faith and Fate […]

Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 3)

Jeremy Lin 4th quarter highlights vs Raptors (GW 3pts.) || 2.14.12 || HD Uploaded by geraldd39 on Feb 14, 2012 Jeremy Lin hits the game-winner to lift Knicks over Raptors for their sixth straight win. _________________ Here is a portion of an interview with Jeremy Lin about his faith: Evangelical Portal The Faith and Fate […]

Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith (Part 2)

Jeremy Lin 4th quarter highlights vs Raptors (GW 3pts.) || 2.14.12 || HD Uploaded by geraldd39 on Feb 14, 2012 Jeremy Lin hits the game-winner to lift Knicks over Raptors for their sixth straight win. _____________________ Here is a portion of an interview with Jeremy Lin about his faith: Evangelical Portal The Faith and Fate […]

Jeremy Lin’s Christian Faith

Jeremy Lin 4th quarter highlights vs Raptors (GW 3pts.) || 2.14.12 || HD Uploaded by geraldd39 on Feb 14, 2012 Jeremy Lin hits the game-winner to lift Knicks over Raptors for their sixth straight win. _____________________ (Here are some links to other fine articles on Jeremy’s faith.) Another article on Jeremy Lin’s faith: The God […]

 

Jeremy Lin: Thanking Jesus like Tebow

I have not hesitated to say before how much I admire Tim Tebow. Well I am becoming a fan of Jeremy Lin too. New York Knicks: Why Jeremy Lin Will Become the Tim Tebow of the NBA   Chris Trotman/Getty Images Amid the smoke and rubble of the New York Knicks’ season, a man, a […]

Jenny McCarthy’s crush on Tim Tebow is crushed by scripture

Jenny McCarthy I noticed that Rosie introduced Jenny McCarthy to Tim Tebow and Tebow was polite and exchanged numbers after Rosie demanded it. However, everyone knows that Tebow is an evangelical Christian who believes the Bible is his guide for living and there is a scripture which forbids Christians from dating non-Christians. Wikipedia reports that McCarthy has […]

Some of Tim Tebow’s favorite scriptures

Tim Tebow Interview: God’s role in Football Published on Feb 3, 2012 by ESPN Tim Tebow talks to Skip Bayless about religion, Tebowing and the role God plays on and off the field. _______________________________ This is a story I got off Buster Wilson’s blog:  The Gospel According to Tebow A selection of the biblical verses […]

Danny Woodhead has found satisfaction in his Christian faith, Brady still looking for satisfaction despite 3 Super Bowl rings (Part 3)

Tom Brady “More than this…” Uploaded by EdenWorshipCenter on Jan 22, 2008 EWC sermon illustration showing a clip from the 2005 Tom Brady 60 minutes interview. To Download this video copy the URL to www.vixy.net Below you will see several video clips. Evidently despite all the super bowl rings Brady is still looking for true satisfaction, and Danny […]

Tim Tebow’s Faith (Part 2)

  This is a RUSH transcript from “The O’Reilly Factor,” June 3, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated JUAN WILLIAMS, FOX NEWS GUEST HOST: In the “Back of the Book” segment tonight, Tim Tebow is a quarterback for the Denver Broncos and a man of deep faith. That faith […]

Tim Tebow’s faith (Part 1)

Tim Tebow’s faith (Part 1) I really respect Tim Tebow and I wanted to pass along an article that defends him. Tim Tebow, Faith and Blasphemy Culture, Evangelicals, Featured, Protestant, Religion, Sports — By J.F. Arnold on August 17, 2011 at 5:05 am I won’t pretend to be an expert in the world of sports. I can tell you if a given team […]

Tim Tebow rallies the Broncos and may be a starter soon

I think the world of the character of Tim Tebow. Tim Tebow played well in a reserve role Sunday, but did he play himself into a starting quarterback job? Well, Tebow’s loyal fanbase certainly thinks so after the former Heisman Trophy winner tried to rally the Denver Broncos, even though they ended up losing to […]

Tim Tebow’s Christian faith not abandoned in locker room

I am thrilled to get the chance to share the following article with you today. I got a call from Tim Keown who is a writer for ESPN Magazine a few days ago. He had read a post from my blog on Tim Tebow and wanted to ask me some questions. One of my answers […]

Tim Tebow’s Faith (Part 3)

Tim Tebow’s Faith (Part 3) Another look at the faith of Tim Tebow. Q & A: Tim Tebow on Faith, Fame, & Football The NFL athlete reflects on his outspoken faith, whether athletes should attribute their wins to God, and moving from the Focus on the Family ad to Jockey ads. Interview by Sarah Pulliam […]

Tim Tebow being persecuted for his Christian faith?

It is clear to me that Tim Tebow is trusting in the Lord and he does not want to get discouraged by the world’s negativity. However, I do not think that he believes that if you have faith then you will become rich and everything you do will bring success as the world thinks of […]

 

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: