Basketball Testimony 2 Bill Greguska
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My Basketball Testimony is a story of perseverance, redemption, and passion. It’s incredible to think that someone like me could devote my life so fully to a sport like basketball. From the fourth grade all the way through high school and beyond, I lived and breathed basketball. Even as I got older and the competition faded away, my love for the game remained steadfast. John Wooden once said that “the choices you make in life make you.” I chose to dedicate myself to something I truly loved, until I realized I almost made it my god.
Things took a dark turn when drug and alcohol abuse entered the picture. But even at my lowest point, there was still something special about basketball that kept me going. Through faith in Jesus Christ and sheer determination, Thank be to God, I was able to overcome my addictions and later on tried to become an encouragement for others who may be struggling with similar issues I went through. My Basketball Testimony shows us just how powerful our passions can be if we choose to use them for good instead of letting them lead us astray. ~ Bill Greguska.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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The God Of Second Chances And Love For Basketball!
I remember one cold fall day about 40 years ago, before tryouts for varsity basketball. I seriously considered suicide, but I was too afraid to do it, but the thoughts tormented me. My love for my mom, God and basketball kept me going.
I remember my mom wanting to buy new clothes for me that fall, but I did not want to waste her money because I thought I would not be around to wear them since death was on my mind day and night for quite a while. I distinctly remember my mom telling me to take my dog for a run because I was depressed for quite a while. What happened was that while I was running down the parkway in the snow, my dog started pulling me to go faster.
My Basketball Testimony is a story of resilience, determination and faith. It’s a tale about how basketball became a guiding light in my life who was lost but I found my way back to the right path. But after hitting rock bottom, I found solace in Jesus Christ and turned my life around with newfound appreciation for what truly mattered – not just on the court but also off it.
There is an underlying message of hope that encourages others to look beyond their circumstances and find strength in their passion like I did with basketball. Despite falling into traps set by the devil along the way, I persevered through trials using lessons learned from playing basketball such as teamwork or hard work leads to success on both sides: personal growth & winning games alike! The fact that other athletes fall prey to similar vices makes one realize how easy it can be to lose sight of what’s important when chasing fame or fortune instead of staying true oneself and God above all else. ~ Bill Greguska.
My Junior Year Despite My Summer of Drinking And Drugs!
I made the team because of how good I was when I was on junior varsity just the year before. I was glad I was on the team, but sitting on the bench all year was humbling. But my love for basketball gave me hope to hold on to it. I was alive, and God gave me another chance. It was not the last chance I got. God has been watching over me as far back as I can remember; the problems I did not have my eyes on Him and drifted into sin off and on for the next ten years.
The scripture below shows how God loves you and me and wants to give us second and third chances to bow our knees to Him and humbly come to Him and follow him as Lord and Savior.
Joel 2:25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten— the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm— my great army that I sent among you.
Dreams Of Basketball Were Not Only In My Heart!
When Times Get Difficult, My Love For Basketball Kept Me Going!
- I thank God that I have learned that when life gets complicated, and you see no way out from the mess we make for ourselves, we need to call on to God, for He is our refuge and strength because He is an ever-present help in times of trouble. A daily walk with God before making a mess of our lives is the wise way to do it. My love for basketball helped me overcome some tough times I got myself into.
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Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
2 Timothy 2:5 ESV
An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
Proverbs 16:3 ESV
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Philippians 4:13 ESV
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Zechariah 8:5 ESV
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
Proverbs 25:27 ESV
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
John 5:44 ESV
How can you believe when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Luke 1:37 ESV
For nothing will be impossible with God.”
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
1 John 5:21 ESV
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
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