On May 6th, the world watched as Kevin Durant a small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder, humbly took the stage to receive the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player award. He touched everyone with an emotional speech, full of grace and humility. Without pen or paper, he captivated fans and viewers with organic and heartfelt words.
Durant began his testimony by saying, “First of all, I want to thank God for changing my life. To be able to really realize, what life is about.” He moved on to say, “Basketball has just been a platform in order for me to inspire people.”
Speaking through his tears, Kevin conveyed a deep appreciation for every player on his team. Through real life narratives, he articulated the unique bonds and the individual ways they they’ve inspired him to keep going. He then thanked his coaching staff and expressed how they’ve contributed to him being a better man and athlete.
It seemed that time stood still for the eight minutes Kevin spoke. His already powerful speech culminated in Kevin showing a deep appreciation for his mother. In that moment, everything else seemed to fade away. He took the time to thank his mother–unsure in that moment if she knew the vast impact she had on his life–and praised her for all she’d done. He talks about the fact that she had two sons by the time she was 21, and recounts the difficulties of spending his youth moving from apartment to apartment.
During the speech, Durant explained his favorite memory: “We had moved into our first apartment, with no bed, no furniture, and we just sat in the living room and hugged each other because we thought we made it.”
Kevin gave all praises to his mother, who he said kept him focused and disciplined. He mentions that she kept him and his brother out of the street, and made sure they had food, even if it meant she had to go to bed hungry. He has come far but he is not afraid to look back.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as GOD’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Humility is something that is gained and practiced through wisdom and grace. Through all of her sacrifices, Durant honored his mother as the “Real MVP”. It was such an amazing moment!
When God blesses us with the desires of our hearts, we must not forget the source, we must remember to be humble and thankful first. Psalms 149:4 says; “For the LORD takes pleasure in his people, he adorns the humble with salvation.”
Kevin Durant ends his speech by saying, “Last, I’d like to thank God again. He’s the first and the last, the alpha and omega, I thank you for saving my life.”
Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore, my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song, I will praise him.
What’s your song?
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