“The Real MVP” (May 9, 2014)


The National Basketball Association (NBA) has been featured prominently in the news in the past couple of weeks.   One of the stories has been cringe-worthy, another story noteworthy and another praiseworthy.

The cringe-worthy story is about NBA Owner Donald Sterling and his racist remarks about Black people. We’ve already heard too much about this story, but it is a wake-up call that racism has not ended. The noteworthy story has been about the Washington Wizards.  For the first time in decades they have made it into the second round of the NBA playoffs and this gives us Washington fans something to cheer about.

The praiseworthy story is about NBA All-Star player Kevin Durant who is from the Washington metropolitan region.  This past week while receiving the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award, in a tear-jerker of a speech, Durant said of his mom, “You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs. You put food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate and [you] went to sleep hungry. “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

Durant’s words are touching because he recognizes that if it weren’t for the stellar contributions of his mom, that he wouldn’t be where he is today.  Many of us can also say of our moms that they have been the real MVP’s in our lives.  The sacrifices our mothers have made and continue to make are unquestionable.  They build-up our self-esteem, and tell us we are somebody when everything else around us is saying we will not make it. They love us when no one will; nurture us when we feel empty inside; stand by us when we are down, and always encourage us to rise above our circumstances.

Mothers are truly special people, and they remind us so much of who God is. So we say to all of our mothers THANK YOU for all that you do and may God continue to bless and keep you. You Are the Real MVP!

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.












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