Tim Duncan: Quietly Having An Influence

Last week, after nineteen NBA seasons, Tim Duncan finally walked away from basketball (socpedia.com). The lifetime Spur and five-time NBA champion secured the fourteenth spot on the all-time scoring list (landofbasketball.com, espn.go.com). As a result of his remarkable career, many people consider him to be the greatest power forward of all-time. However, even beyond his statistical achievements, Duncan was a special player. He was a class act. He always played his heart out, but he was still willing to give some tips to one of his competitors. He was not a “showy” player, either. He could have used last season as a “retirement tour”, but he opted to retire without fanfare. I believe Christians can learn an important lesson from the career of Tim Duncan. Rather than focusing on his next opportunity for some type of endorsemet, he just went out on the court and did his job. Even though he “flew under the radar”, he undoubtedly left his mark on the game of basketball. Similarly, Christians do not need to feel as if being a missionary to a third-world country is the only way to make an impact for Christ. If God calls someone to the mission field, that is great. However, it is also possible to have more of a quiet influence, setting an example for others through the things we do and say each day. What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know!

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