David Robinson: Center, San Antonio
by David Robinson
1990 NBA Rookie of the Year; 1994; NBA Scoring Leader;
1995 NBA Most Valuable Player; 1999 Member, NBA Champions
When I was in college I had an
incredible experience. I started growing, and all of a sudden I became a
well-known athlete. I discovered that attention and hype are deceiving.
Everybody knows who you are?but it?s not so incredible. It doesn?t
give you peace inside.
That?s the problem. The hype of
college ball and the fame and money of pro ball?those things are so
short-lived. They are not satisfying. You have to look at yourself in the
mirror and say, "Who am I, where am I going, what am I doing?" A
lot of times you don?t have answers for those questions.
I felt an emptiness. I said, "There?s
gotta be more to it than this." I figured maybe it?s spiritual. My
mother was a Christian, and I always figured I?m a Christian because she?s
a Christian?a family thing. I went about telling myself, "Yeah, I?m
Later, someone said to me, "David,
would you like to know about Jesus Christ?" I figured well, yeah, I
really would. After he talked to me, he said, "Would you like to pray
with me?" I said, "Sure." So we prayed, and I prayed to
But I didn?t understand what he was
trying to tell me. So my life didn?t change. I just figured, "Well,
now I?m really a Christian."
But I did nothing to grow in the Lord.
That nagged me for the next 5 years. I always thought, "There?s got
to be more to it than this." I knew that what I had experienced wasn?t
On June 8, 1991, a man came over to my
house. He asked, "Do you really love God?" And I thought to
myself, "Wouldn?t I be stupid to say I don?t love Him?"
I said, "Sure, I love Him."
He said, "How much time do you
spend reading your Bible and praying?" I told
him I didn?t do much of either. He said, "When you love someone,
don?t you want to spend time getting to know that person?"
"Well, yeah, I suppose so," I
He said, "In the Old Testament God
said, ?Take one day a week and honor Me.?" He asked, "When
was the last time you took one day and honored God?"
I said, "A whole day! I don?t
think I?ve ever spent a whole day praising God. I mean I?ve gone to
church before?but never a whole day." That just broke my heart.
I realized that "Here?s God, the
most incredible Person in my life. He?s the most wonderful Person. He?s
my Father in heaven. He?s given me everything. And I?ve never once
thanked Him, never honored Him."
I felt like a spoiled brat. I got on my
knees and cried. I said, "Lord, from this day forward I?m going to
spend as much time as I can getting to know You, Learning about You, and
learning how to love You." He blessed my heart in an incredible way.
From one day to the next, I was a
different person. Everybody in my life could see the change when I began
to understand what God did for us?that He gave His Son for us.
When you realize that?when your heart
really is broken and you need to talk to Him with that broken heart and
say, "Lord, I have sinned. Please forgive me for my sins and let me
start all over. Give me new
life through the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. I recognize that You gave
Your Son for me on the cross. You deserve everything I have. I want to
honor You as my Father?as the giver of everything in my life. Every day
of my life I?ll try to honor You for the love You?ve shown me."
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