By Aaron/Photo credit: waynepal.org
For the past two summers I’ve been invited to participate in the Southern Oregon Hoops Camp. The memories I’ve made are unforgettable. My coach’s family asks Jabari Parker, a Mormon NBA player, to come and help out at the camp. This is a major highlight of my experience there. My coach’s family is close with Jabari. They have known him for a long time so he is happy to help them out. While I’ve learned many things on the court and improved my skills, one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned these past two summers is the example of humility I learn from just being around Jabari.
To me, humility means being level headed about your skills in whatever field you exceed and not placing yourself above others. While at this basketball camp I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Jabari in a normal household setting. It’s pretty weird to come down in the morning to breakfast and see an NBA star sitting at the table eating the same thing I eat! It was eye opening to understand more fully that he is just a kid like me who is exceptionally good at basketball.
There are always quite a few kids staying in the house so, as you can imagine, it is a little bit crazy. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jabari, but I was surprised when he would just talk and hang out with us. Never once did he tell us to go away or act like he didn’t have time for us. Later on in the week Jabari took all of us to see a movie; I thought it was really cool that he was going out of his way for a bunch of kids he barely knew. Jabari never said anything directly about being humble; it was simply through his actions I learned what humility looks like in real life. On the court he never bragged about his skills or treated you like you were silly when you asked a question. He loved the game and loved helping kids develop their skills and it was something you could see in the way he acted.
When things are going really well for me I sometimes get in the mindset that everything in my life, my skills and talents, are all because of my hard work. In other words, I find it hard to be humble and remember that everything I have is from God. This type of attitude doesn’t do me or the others around me any favors.
As I strive to have greater humility in my life I always think about how Heavenly Father truly has blessed me. If it weren’t for Him I wouldn’t be blessed to be in my wonderful family. In fact, everything we have in life is a blessing from God. One of my favorite scriptures is James Chapter 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
I’m grateful for all the blessings I have in my life, especially the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a comfort to know that we have a Heavenly Father who’s always there for us and knows exactly what we’re going through. I know that if we remain humble in all aspects of life we will be blessed.