In 1995 the young basketball player Dell Curry played the last game of the season against the Chicago Bulls basketball team, the greatest team of stars the sport had ever created with the power of financial force. Everyone knew that the Chicago Bulls were unstoppable. Money and stardom were behind every move the Bulls made on the court. The game was tied, and Dell, who played for the Hornets, had one chance to break the tie and the Chicago Bull’s winning streak ~ which was already bound for the history books.
That night Dell launched the basketball and made the one basket that won the final game of the season ~ and by most fans it was forgotten. For the Bulls had won a record-setting 72 games and lost only 9 in the season. With one shot at the end of the game, Dell Curry stopped the Chicago Bulls from winning number 73. Twenty years later this play placed his son in history that will be remembered as long as they remember basketball.
Dell’s son is Stefan Curry, the Warriors’ star basketball player, a member of the team that won 73 games in a season, thus breaking the historical record of the Chicago Bulls ~ which never could’ve been done if it had not been for his father winning that game by one point twenty years earlier. This is not a story of coincidence, but of divine destiny. And it is a lesson that little winnings can lead to great rewards ~ when it’s accompanied by a fulfillment made by the progeny that follow you.
I am personally going through battles day-by-day to keep my mind pure in its faith that God is going to fulfill every single promise that He gave us ~ as a family, as a church, as a city, and as a nation. Today I was tempted to allow my mind to think about the doubts that forever try to invade my thoughts. But instead of yielding, I pushed it aside and started rehearsing the promises that God has given me from the beginning.
This is a daily battle of cleansing my mind from doubt and putting on the mind of Christ. Today especially, it seemed like such a small thing. Maybe just today I should allow myself to doubt. But then I remembered Dell Curry and how he could have become “lukewarm” and not have pressed in to make that last point to win that very important game against the Chicago Bulls.
Dell’s shot might have been a forgotten moment against such a great and formidable record. But he pressed on and won with that final basket ~ shutting them down with a one-point win. Little did he know, but he insured that his son Steph Curry would be forever remembered in history for helping to break the Chicago Bulls’ seemingly insurmountable record.
I know that the disciplining of my mind seems to be a small thing, “But if you are faithful in the little, He’ll make you ruler over much.” This Scripture comes to my mind, “When you’ve done all, stand.” Therefore, take the shot!