If you’re a basketball fan like me, particularly a fan of the NBA, then you know what goes on with the talk about the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). If not I’ll give you a bit of background. Fans, media and players would love to share their opinion about who is the greatest player who ever played the game of basketball. I could say that the most active group in this conversation would be Team Jordan, Team Kobe and Team Lebron.
I say you could make a valid argument for each one, but Lebron James received a lot of heat lately when he said that he was the GOAT. You see, when Michael Jordan was asked if he was the GOAT, he said he couldn’t tell because he never competed with the players before him. When Kobe was asked about it, he said that it’s illogical to declare who is the best player who ever played basketball. Lebron, on the other hand, stated that he was the GOAT, and he even provided reasons why he is.
The internet broke, and the sports media got divided. One side says that Lebron was wrong to make that statement because it’s disrespectful to the great players that played the game. The other side says that Lebron said it because there’s no question that he is the greatest basketball player of all time.
My take on it, well I’m 90’s kid so I’ll always be an MJ fan, hell I even watched Space Jam and loved it. However, what I want us to learn from this is that we should all be like Lebron. If we believe in something, let’s voice it out. If you're going to be a millionaire, declare that you’re a millionaire. If you're going to be a world changer, then claim that you are a world changer. If Lebron wants to be the greatest basketball player of all time, then there’s nothing wrong with declaring it. Lebron will have haters regardless of what he does anyway.
The Bible says that we should speak blessings in our lives,
King James Version (KJV)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
If we want to make something happen, we need to say it and believe it with all our hearts. After we do that, we will get whatever it is that we declared.
Mary did the same thing after she received news that she would be the mother of Jesus,
New International Version (NIV)
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
Mary declared that all generations would call her blessed. Mary announced that she was the BOAT, Blessed Of All Time! Yes! Pun intended!
There’s one thing that I would like to emphasise when we declare good things in our lives. We should not forget the source of our blessings which is God. Mary recognised that generations would know that she was blessed not because of her sacrifice but because of the great things that God had done for her.
Going back to the question “Who’s the GOAT?” I say let the experts decide that. Let’s focus on this question, “What do you want to happen in your life?” Do you have the answer? If you do, then say out loud! Believe that it will happen with all your heart! And don’t forget to thank God who provides the blessings!