For this edition of THURSDAY’S THOUGHTS, I wanted to focus on a story of beauty, fulfilling your dreams, and trust in God’s will.
“I did not ask for success; I asked for wonder. And You gave it to me. Awe is… a realization that things not only are what they are but also stand… for something supreme. Awes is a sense for transcendence… It enables us… to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple; to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal. What we cannot comprehend by analysis, we become aware of in awe.” – Abraham Heschel, I Asked for Wonder
This quote can be found on our “Beauty” Pillar. I included this quote in our thoughts today because of the simple fact that we can find God, beauty, and awe in just about everything. Speaking of awe, I believe everyone was struck in awe when a 32-year old rookie made his debut in the National Basketball League last Wednesday. You heard it correctly, a 32-year old made his NBA debut. This man’s name is Andre Ingram and what a career he has had to finally reach his dream. Andre Ingram attended American University studying physics and played basketball for 4 years, went undrafted in the 2007 NBA Draft, was selected in the 7th round of the D-League Draft, played one year professionally overseas in Australia, played 10 years in the NBA Development League (now the G-League), and finally received the call last week to sign an NBA contract for the two remaining games of the regular season for the Lakers.
His humble story of being the G-League’s career leader in 3-pointers, declining multiple opportunities to play overseas, to tutoring teammates to earn some money on the side cannot be more beautiful. Andre believed that he would eventually make it to the NBA through the D-League. His persistence, drive, and perseverance led him to where he is today to finally accomplish his dream. LA Laker Legend Kobe Bryant stated, “Are you kidding me? I mean to have the courage and resolve to stick with that dream, and to now get your shot and to come through in that way? I mean, that’s impressive, man.” Andre Ingram made good use of this opportunity as his stat line included scoring 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 3 blocks in his debut. Thanks to all of his hard work, determination, and never give up attitude Andre is living his dream. He has proved that anything can happen if you believe and to keep chasing your dreams.
All of us have dreams. Maybe we want to own our own business, meet that special someone, go on that fantasy vacation, win the lottery, get that starting nod from the coach, score the winning basket/goal/touchdown, or even become a professional athlete. Sometimes our dreams don’t go according to our plans. As humans, it is innate that we want things right away but, we must learn to be patient as we are on God’s time and things will happen when He wants them to occur. Whether they are big or small dreams, the only way we will get there is by trusting in God’s plan and putting in the hard work and effort. We cannot just dream and pray and expect God to deliver. We must find the beauty in what we are doing and give that perfect effort in order for the things of “wonder” to come to fruition.