It's tempting for rising athletes to give themselves all the credit for their abilities, but MVP Steph Curry, point guard for the Golden State Warriors, gives God the credit and has seen His hand at work in his life.
According to the Christian Post, both Steph and his father Dell, a former NBA player himself, publicly profess that their faith has played a huge role in making Steph the man he is today.
In his MVP acceptance speech last year, Steph talked about how his parents' Christianity guided their parenting, saying, "Mom, you are our spiritual guidance and our disciplinarian at times when Pops was away. ... The way that you raised us, not taking any slack. We knew sports was important to us and our family but there are priorities in life. Obviously, faith is foremost; how we did in school is important. If we didn't handle that business, then there were no privileges."
Steph offered a few words for how to be successful, saying, "Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don't. It doesn't matter where you come from, what you have or don't have, what you lack or what you have too much of, but all you need to have is faith in God, an undying passion for what you do and what you choose to do in this life, and a relentless drive and the will to do whatever it takes to be successful in whatever you put your mind to."
According to Philly.com Dell recently emphasized the importance of working hard to grow the talents that God has given us, saying, "It's just God-given abilities in different ways and you just have to develop those skills that you have and try to work on the ones that you're weaker at, and I think that is what Steph has done every year. Every summer he has gotten better. He has changed parts of his game. Even from a leadership role. That is a part of the game that makes your overall game better. I think he's worked on that as well."
How has faith affected you or your kids' performance in athletics?