Yesterday the world lost an iconic basketball player. Kobe Bryant, the retired LA Lakers star, was 41 years old and traveling with his daughter (13) and 7 others in a helicopter on Sunday morning when it crashed, killing everyone on board.
During his 20 year career with the Lakers, he won 5 NBA Championships and won 2 Olympic gold medals for the United States. He wasn’t perfect on or off the court, but strived to be the best he could be no matter what obstacle was in his way—that later became known as the ‘Mamba Mentality‘.
When the world loses someone it looks up to, admires, and sometimes emulates, it is hard to accept why God would allow something so tragic to happen to someone so young. At these times, it helps to hear from Christian leaders, pastors, musicians, athletes, and others who believe in the mighty savior Jesus, to guide us well into hearing the Holy Spirit during sobering times like this.
May this remind us that the entire world around us longs for someone to worship, but most don’t even know it until it is gone. Brothers and sisters, we have that eternal hope and life we can offer them. We can’t make them take it, but we can tell, express, and plead they know it before it is too late. May we worship our King Jesus in a way that makes others long to worship as well.
Join us in praying for all of the families who were affected by the crash yesterday.
Here is what some Christian leaders are saying after hearing the news of Kobe Bryant’s sudden passing.