“Pistol Pete” Maravich played 10 productive seasons in the NBA. He earned five trips to the NBA All-Star Game and is also a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Pete described his childhood as one consumed with basketball, saying, “I played 10 hours a day during the summertime. When all my friends went up to the lake on the weekend, I stayed in the gym. I would lay in the bed at night and shoot the ball up in the air or sneak out to shoot baskets. I would take my basketball into the movie theater and sit on the first row and watch the movie, dribbling my basketball along the carpeted aisle. Halfway through the movie I would move to the other side and dribble with my left hand. I would walk two miles into Clemson, dribbling my basketball. Finally, I got a bike and learned to dribble while riding, which saved a lot of time.”
Pete said, “I never got a championship ring, but I did finally realize that I didn’t need it. What I needed was to make God my first priority in life. Despite all my success over the years, it was Jesus’ love that finally brought me lasting peace and happiness.” Matthew 16:26 asks, “For what will a man be profited if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” What we possess is not near as important as what possess us. When we let Christ into our life the peace that otherwise eludes us becomes a reality. What one really needs is to make God the priority. Have you?
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