Cleveland-Area Pastor David Gray Hopes LeBron James’ Return to the Cleveland Cavaliers Will Help Him Win Something of Eternal Value

LeBron James

It has been four years since LeBron James broke the hearts of northeast Ohio sports fans. The “King” pursued his desire for basketball championships by joining the Miami Heat. In many ways, James got everything he was looking for.

The question I asked then and the question I ask now is, What win or honor or achievement will be enough? What will satisfy? Is it possible there is a nobler goal for which we should strive?

It is clear LeBron has matured in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has demonstrated a great desire to be a blessing to the people of northeast Ohio through charitable giving and as a role model. He has been forgiving to those who called him names and burned his former Cavaliers jersey. The young man wants to mentor others and leave a positive legacy.

Yet, does this admirable maturity alone translate into something of eternal value?

Let us be fair. LeBron James is a poster child for the value of natural ability mixed with hard work and discipline. His strong will and dogged determination can be a wonder to behold. But are these goals by themselves what we should teach people to desire? Success and good qualities can mask the potential emptiness of such a pursuit.

It is easy to get caught up in running really hard for things that won’t matter in eternity. Money can be very useful but it can’t get anyone to heaven. Fame can be nice but it will not save anyone’s soul. Charitable acts and giving back to the community are commendable and to be practiced. Yet those things won’t please God unless they are performed by someone who has been redeemed by Jesus. How sad it is if any man might gain all the world has to offer and lose his soul.

After all these years I find the desire for worldly success nibbling at the corners of my heart. Would northeast Ohio care if I made a “decision” to leave in order to pursue fulfillment? Would they clamor to get me back and celebrate in the streets at my return? No, but the difference people like you and I make can only be accurately measured in eternity.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
David Gray

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