Set Your Mind On Things Above

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Photo by Henrik Dønnestad on Unsplash

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

Back when Donna and I served as youth directors for Halltown Church, I gave lessons on Christian athletes of that day. One of those was an NBA player named David Robinson.

David Robinson is considered the best basketball player in the history of the United States Naval Academy and one of the greatest centers in the history of the National Basketball Association.

David played in 987 games and averaged 21.1 points per game for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA from 1989 to 2003. Nicknamed “the Admiral” for his service with the U.S. Navy, Robinson was a 10-time NBA All-Star, the 1995 NBA MVP, a two-time NBA champion, a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, and a two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee. He is widely considered one of the greatest centers in both college basketball and NBA history.

In a book about Christian athletes, he contributed a chapter entitled, “Overcoming Temptation.” He said that when he got into the NBA, he didn’t go to clubs and bars because he figured that was not the place he was going to find a wife. He told himself, “I’m not going to listen to that kind of music, I’m not going to watch these types of movies, and I’m not going to put myself in certain situations where I’m going to be tempted.”

The Best way to beat the world’s temptations is by avoiding whenever possible. Don’t expose yourself to evil. Protect your mind and your eyes and begin to clothe yourself with Christ.

From Bro. Larry