Revelation 3:21

21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.

Perseverance is a major challenge for athletes today. There are times where they will be faced with a number of physical, mental, and emotional challenges. As a member of the military and a former I personally can relate. This is where the concept of the heart comes in. While everyone has potential and everyone is talented what separate other great players from great players is here and there will. It’s what separates heroes and legends and as we know “Heroes gets remembered, but legends never die.” Which is what making Jesus’s sacrifice so important, the greatest legend of them all. He preserved and overcame many obstacles. He endured one of the most brutal deaths known to humanity and overcame death to live again. While there is no other comparison, it takes a great deal of strength and perseverance to overcome a rough upbringing, or a painful injury. Josh Hamilton is a baseball player whose talent is unquestioned, but his off-field problems are often more highlighted than his actual talent. Hamilton the first overall for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was considered a shoe in talent. He was supposed to be the next five tool talent. Hamilton had power, speed, and a drug addiction. Unfortunately for Hamilton the drug addiction took over his life for the majority of his early career. Josh Hamilton fell off the radar until 2007.

In 2007, the Chicago Cubs picked for the Cincinnati Reds in the Rule 5 draft they selected Josh Hamilton. Hamilton due to the nature of the rule 5 played the entire season for the Reds. Hamilton finally made his debut and he did not disappoint. However, in the off-season the Reds saw a need for pitching and dealt him to Texas for Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera, the Rangers would win the trade by a long shot. Since then the rest has been history. Hamilton would go on to win the 2010 MVP award as well as the ALCS MVP. He is a 5 time All-Star, 2010 Batting Champ, and a 3 time silver slugger award winner. Hamilton’s career got off on the wrong foot, but once he overcame his addiction, he was truly something amazing to watch. He currently has 198 home runs, 697 RBI’s, and a 27.6 career wins above replacement. Recently, Hamilton relapsed, but once again he persevered. He was able to use his faith to overcome his addiction, and get back to baseball. While addiction is a powerful thing to overcome, Hamilton has done it multiple times. It has cost him many things in his life, including a prosperous career. The game may never know how great Hamilton could have been, but in the mean time Hamilton is the image of a player who has gone face to face with addiction and overcame it, relapsed multiple times, and then persevered again. While many of you may wonder why I chose Hamilton, it’s actually quite simple. We will not sin only once in our life so time and time again like Hamilton we will have to overcome our problems. We will be tempted day in and day out, but those who can move past and persevere can be with him one day.


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