Bryan Davis: “To Have a Relationship with Christ is to Have Enough” (Gospel Light Minute #159)

Bryan Davis
Bryan Davis

He is a professional basketball player who played college basketball at Texas A&M University. He played for the San Antonio Spurs in the Summer of 2010 before signing with a Polish team for the rest of the season. During this same year, he was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team as well as the All-Big 12 Third Team. In 2011, he signed with the GasTerra Flames of the Netherlands and was named a PLK All-Star. From 2012 to 2013, he played for teams in the Ukraine, China, and South Korea. In 2014, he signed with the Wellington Saints in New Zealand and was named a New Zealand National Basketball League champion.

He said of his faith, “There have been times in my life that I was told that I could not achieve something, and at those times I have looked to my favorite lifeline from the Bible: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ This promise from Philippians 4:13 has guided me and energized me. It reminds me that I can face any life challenge with Jesus Christ. Therefore, to have a relationship with Christ is to have enough. I attribute my success to my faith in God and our relationship, and my strong family values [from the Bible]. And I always hold close to this folk proverb: The smarter a man is, the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything.”

His name is Bryan Davis.

Dwyane Wade Gives Back to God to Help Others Find Him (Gospel Light Minute #57)

Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade

He is a professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. In 2006, he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year Award by Sports Illustrated and soon became one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. After entering the league as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following eight seasons. In his third season, he helped lead the Miami Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history. Because of this, he was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he led the United States Men’s Basketball team, commonly known as the “Redeem Team”, in scoring, as they captured gold medal honors in Beijing, China. And in the 2008–2009 season, he led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. He most recently helped lead the Miami Heat to the 2012 NBA Finals.

As a child, he suffered through the pain of his parents divorce and through seeing his mother go to jail for selling drugs. From this difficult point in his young life, he came to rely on Jesus Christ for strength. Today, when he is asked about his faith, he is quick to point out that he believes in Jesus Christ and that His relationship with God has sustained him through life’s toughest moments. In fact, he wears the #3 jersey as a tribute to the Holy Trinity. He tithes 10% of his income and said about doing this, “I’m a firm believer in the Bible. I believe everything in there. I’m given so much, so giving 10 percent back to God is nothing to me. That’s why I do it, and I don’t think twice about it.” In 2008, he bought his mother a church building in Chicago which today helps those in the community who struggle with drug abuse and other issues find God. He encourages fathers to stay involved in their children’s lives and encourages young people to believe in God and in themselves to accomplish great things in life in spite of what others may say. His name is Dwyane Wade.