Tuesday, February 25, 2020
St. Ann's, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies

Kobe Bryant and Gianna

n Monday, 24th Feb 2020, I watched the memorial service that was held at the Staples Center LA, in honour of Kobe Bryant.

It was a very interesting and indeed a memorable service.

I decided many years ago that if I am going to watch any TV program for any substantial length of time then it MUST somehow build me up spiritually.

So, immediately after the service, I began to pen down the things I learnt from it.

Since Kobe's initial number was 8, I decided to pen down at least Eight (8) lessons from the service.

I want to share them with you, so here goes;

  1. See The Possibilities (Dream Big) - Mk. 9:23; Eph. 3:20.
    • Get a clear vision (proper perception) - Prov. 29:18; Mk. 4:11-12; Jer. 1:12.
    • The Word cannot profit us until it is "seen" - Is. 2:1ff.
    • You can only do when you can see and go where you see - Jos. 1:8.
    • Blindness is paralyzing - Eph. 4:17ff.
    • Open your eyes and see - Ps. 119:18; Eph. 1:16-22.
    • With God "nothing is too hard"; "nothing shall be impossible" and "All things are possible".

  1. Be Diligent (Follow Your Passion) - Prov. 22:29; 27:23.
    • Develop a great work ethic - Jn. 4:34; 9:4.
    • Be committed to excellence - Ecc. 9:10.
    • Be a consummate professional, be the best you in your profession.
    • Strive to achieve everything that can be achieved.
    • If it's to be it's up to "me"; I've got to do "my part", no one can do it for me.
    • I must be so aware of God's power and ability in and through me that I embrace it unreservedly - Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:20-21; Eph. 3:20.

  1. Respect Those In Your Field (Seniors; Peers & Juniors) - 1 Pet. 5:1-7; Ps. 119:99; Prov. 22:6.
    • Respect your seniors enough to learn from them.
      • Embrace mentorship / discipleship both directly and indirectly.
      • See them as the foundation that has already been laid.
      • This is your key to invariably take it to a level higher than them.
    • Respect your peers enough to partner with them;
      • See them as co-labourers (they help you and you help them, to build the structure that is comfortable to "live" in) - Prov. 17:17; 27:17.
      • Harness your skills in order to be a better teammate.
      • Understand and loyally embrace corporate responsibility.
    • Respect your juniors enough to be a good exam to them.
      • Do all you can to make them better.
      • See them as the future you want to attain - Jn. 17:20ff.
      • See their success as the evidence of your success.
    • See the win-win dimension of every relationship - Eph. 4:16.
    • Jesus called His disciples friends; He literally lifted their relationship to a mutually beneficial one.

  1. Respect Other People / Institutions - Rom. 12:3-5.
    • Get to know people better (Also see them better not worse) - Rom. 15:14.
    • Get to know and believe the best of people - 1 Cor. 13:7.
    • Never belittle anyone or what they do.
    • Develop a "non accusatory" mentality; it's is devilish to "accuse" - Rev. 12:10.

  1. Use Every Moment To Be A Blessing (Help Someone) - Gen. 12:3.
    • Seek to make a difference in someone's life - Prov. 3:7.
    • Make someone's life better - Phil. 1:20ff.
    • Make the most of your influence - 1 Pet. 4:10ff.
    • Embrace purpose; the purpose for your "accomplishments" and the purpose for the influence that you've been graced with.

  1. Family Matters (Attend To Them; Attend To It) - Eph. 3:14ff.
    • Family destroys "solitariness" (wretched, forsaken or desolate) - Ps. 68:6.
    • The essence of family is to destroy any sense or feeling of "forsaken-ness".
    • Until you make yourself "available" you've not embraced family.
    • The family is God's primary institution for discipleship.
    • Family = A temple; Place of light and darkness; a dungeon (that's the paradox).

  1. Do Something Unusual (Unexpected) - Eph. 3:20; Zech. 4:6.
    • Try to do something you're seemingly not built for;
      • Kobe Bryant learnt to play Beethoven's love symphony, by ear in one week.
      • David choose to go against Goliath (his main field was animal husbandry, not the military).
    • This helps you break or overcome barriers.
    • It also helps you respect and better appreciate those who "seemingly easily" do the things that you're not built for.

  1. Do Not Waste Time (When You're Not Doing, Be Thinking Or Planning To Do) - Eph. 5:16.
      Time was never designed to be wasted, but to be utilized and maximized.
    • The ultimate use of time is "eternity (forever) = Now-ness".
    • The heart or the body is "always active"; once it stops, you're dead.
    • The purpose of rest is preparation for "more" work.
    • Maximize every waking moment of yours.
    • Live in the moment; once you're alive, live.