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My basketball testimony is about fouling out in life (drugs, alcohol, drugs, sin) but then getting back on the team and into the game of life by God’s grace!
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Drugs and alcohol ended my dreams of playing college basketball. Without a doubt, basketball was number one in my heart! Out of curiosity, I guesstimated the number of hours I played basketball, mostly from age 9 through 16, then from age 26 to 45, which = 21,900 total hours. The picture of me on the right is my Pius XI high school basketball photo, 6’4″ 1976. I was spinning the ball on the one hand and palming it with the other hand. I just loved the game of basketball, and God blessed me with some good skills! I realized that I put basketball in front of God for many years, something I regretted doing, yet I have been given a second chance to set my priorities straight. I still love basketball, but basketball does not compete with God in my life any longer! ~ Bill Greguska
“This is a team game, and one man doesn’t win, and one man doesn’t lose. In the end, the best team usually wins” ~ Wilt Chamberlain.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Basketball Was My Only Real Motivation In My Life!
I was born in 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I have played basketball since 5th grade. I loved (and still do love basketball), but when I turned 16, thank God, my focus shifted from basketball to drugs and alcohol that I allowed to get me off track and onto the bench of life for about ten years.
But by the grace of God, He did not cast me out. Things progressed, but only after about a decade of self-induced problems resulting in terrible, horrible times. I thank God that I finally and very seriously reached out to Him, and on June 25, 1986, when I decided I had enough, I hit bottom and was finally genuinely open to the idea of the Holy Spirit to do a work in my life. Not half-heatedly the previous ten years, that got me nowhere fast. If I can share with you one thing that I would do if I could live life over again, it would be not to get my values off balance, that is what I did, and it made a mess of my life. I am thankful that God is a God of second and third chances because God loves us!
Looking back to what I call my life and basketball testimony because basketball was, without a doubt, an overwhelming part of my life (actually, in some ways a good to me), but when I got derailed due to getting involved with drugs, and alcohol in my teenage years. Towards the end of high school, my life got crazy, and I turned to drugs and alcohol, which eliminated my hopes and chances to go further in basketball as I wanted while growing up. My whole life story, or what I should call my basketball testimony. This all played a part in how I came to know the Lord. The Lord allowed me to go through my hard times and hit bottom to realize how much I needed His help to help pick me up, dust me off, and understand that I could do nothing without Him. Even though basketball is a fantastic sport, nothing should be more incredible than our relationship with Jesus Christ and love for one another! I hope that what I shared has made you think about your own life and what keeps you from having a solid relationship with God?~ Bill Greguska.
Hansel Enmanuel Had Only ONE ARM, But Refused To Take NO For An Answer!
Hansel Enmanuel, Despite Having Only One Arm, Plays Better Than I Did With Two Arms! ~ Bill Greguska
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
How Can Life Be Like A Basketball Game?
Suppose for a minute that you are in a basketball game. You are down by 20 points, and it’s the fourth quarter with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game. What do you do? The one thing you should never do is give up hope or get anxious! (Philippians 4:6) There is hope no matter the odds against you, how inadequate you feel, or how many times you failed in the past. (1 Corinthians 10:13) Instead, ask God for the wisdom you need to act wisely. (James 1:5) Ask for His help to work things out, no matter the outcome of the “game” — your life — may be.
Remember that God’s will, not ours, will be done. A good player needs to line up their game (life) with God. Then they will find great peace no matter what situations come their way. (Philippians 4:7) With that, you will find the peace you need no matter what adverse circumstances in life come your way, and believe me, those times will come! (Psalm 46:1) But if we look back, we will realize that God has never turned His back on us — we have turned our backs on Him. (Deuteronomy 31:6) If you have drifted from God, please come back to God because He loves you and has a plan for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11).
I am so very thankful that I realized my life’s BIG score was on June 25, 1986. If I continued on the way I was living my life, my choices were leading me to hell, with no apparent timeout remaining. (John 3:3) That is why I say that life can be like a basketball game. We can choose to be on the winning team with God with a sincere decision to accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as payment for our sins and live our life to do His will the best we can from now.
We will fail at times, but He will forgive us if we confess our sins and mistakes. (1 John 1:9) God is a gentleman, and He gives us free will, but we are not free to choose the consequences of our sins if Jesus is not our Lord and Savior. The final horn has not sounded — life is not over — and there is time remaining in this game of life, but don’t wait any longer. (Luke 15:21-24) The clock is ticking. Get off the bench and get on the winning team, with Jesus as your Head Coach and General Manager in charge of your life! (Romans 10:9)
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Mickey Crowe’s Drug & Alcohol Abuse Were Similar To Mine.
Pete Maravich’s Basketball Career Had Some Similarities To My Life In A Much Grander Way Via LSU And The NBA. Thank God Pete Maravich And I Both Found The Lord After Some Trials In Life. ~ Bill Greguska
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Extremely Serious About Basketball!
I played basketball for at least 4-8 hours each day during the summertime. I just loved the game of basketball because I was naturally blessed and good at it. I was always the tallest in my classes, and it was naturally a lot of fun! I took basketball very seriously and set many goals to obtain. When I get involved in something, I jump with both feet. This page is long, so I will encourage you to read through it if you have the time now or later. I have enjoyed playing and watching basketball since 1969, when I was nine years old, and I still love the game as a fan! Once basketball is in your blood, it is hard to get it out. ~ Bill Greguska
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