Once again David Brooks middle-of-the-road moderation misses the point. Selflessness doesn’t mean an absence of success. In fact, each post game interview of the star athlete is littered the words: team effort, teammates, team, team, team…
Lin promotes God, and both Lin and God take joy with achievement. Maybe the NBA is full of self promoters. Who cares if it is? But inward focused effort rarely translates to wins in most sports; selfish players lose.
Jeremy Lin may humbly ponder if this contradiction of self promotion and faith, but his actions prove that he gets it. And maybe because he gets it, he’s enjoying the fruits of his efforts, as God would want it.
“When men who’ve been changed by Jesus lead well by the power of the Holy Spirit, leading their homes in a loving and biblical way, amazing things happen. When a man’s heart is inclined toward Jesus, his heart is also lovingly inclined toward his friends, school, work, wife, and family. Men were put here to love, to protect, to provide, to care, to serve, to nourish, and to bless. That’s what it means to be a man. There are too many young men who act like little boys with their Peter Pan mentality; The Atlantic, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal have run major stories on the changing landscape of gender in our culture, in particular, on young male’s increasing tendency to delay assuming any adult responsibilities. It effects the women, families, churches, and the proclamation of the Gospel… Not me. I don’t want to be a part of the tragedy that is men who do not pick up their cross, deny themselves, grow up and answer the call to lead and love like Christ. I pray, beg that even at this moment, the Spirit would mold me into the man I was made to be. To be a biblical husband, a father, a man, is to be like Christ. More of Him, less of me. Soli Deo Gloria. (Taken with instagram)”—