“Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.’” Jeremiah 1:9-10
On May 1, it was announced that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry would be the recipient of the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award. That evening, Curry delivered a humble, gracious, 50-minute acceptance speech at the Oakland Convention Center. The speech reflected his interview with Sports Spectrum in 2013 when he said, “It’s very humbling to know I’m able to be on the stage that I am, and I think God has put me in this situation to change this perspective on what it is to be a man of God and a player in the NBA. I want to use the gifts God gave me on the basketball court to uplift His name. That’s at the forefront of why I play the game.”
For Curry, he plays basketball to honor God and bring glory to Him, using his platform as one of the NBA’s best players to show others what it means to be a husband, father, and a Christian. Curry’s existence is purpose-filled and God-driven. In Jeremiah 1:9-10, God similarly breathes purpose into Jeremiah’s task and calling, saying, “I have put my words in your mouth.”
Because of the Holy Spirit and God’s encompassing presence within us, there is purpose in everything we do. As Curry says in his MVP speech, we have an opportunity every day to be His “humble servant”—reflecting what is most important to us in this life.
By Stephen Copeland
This devotional was taken from Sports Spectrum’s latest Training Table, a 13-week devotional published in each print issue. Log in HERE to view the Summer 2015 print issue of Sports Spectrum or access the Summer 2015 Training Table.