The Knicks overnight phenom Jeremy Lin quotes from a section of John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life in an online testimony recorded last June:
God created us to live with a single passion to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.
Lin then adds the following commentary about his coming to treasure Jesus more than basketball success:
When Paul wrote in Philippians to press on for an upward prize, he was living for that, and it made his life meaningful (Phil. 3:15). And I realized I had to learn to do the same. I had to learn to stop chasing the perishable prizes of this earth, I had to stop chasing personal glory, I had to learn how to give my best effort to God and trust him with the results. I have to learn to have enough faith to trust in his grace and to trust in his sovereign and perfect plan. I had to submit my will, my desires, my dreams — give it all up to God and say, “Look, I am going to give my best effort, go on the court and play every day for you, and I’m going to let you take care of the rest.” This is something I struggle with every day… . Playing for great stats is nice, but that satisfaction — that happiness — is only from game to game. It’s temporary.
Indeed, only in God’s presence is there “fullness of joy,” and only at his right hand are there “pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).