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;
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.