Archive | February, 2020

As Wise as Black Mamba

8 Feb

As Wise as Black Mamba
If you are a Kobe Bryant fan, this message is for you. This message is both a salute and a lesson. Kobe’s actions on and off the basketball court look as if he followed the advice from scriptural verses. He renewed his mindset rather than be conformed; he became as shrewd as a snake, and he focused upon conversions.
Kobe renewed his mindset. Romans 12:2 states, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (NIV). This scripture suggests that changing one’s thoughts helps to transform one to a higher dimension of being. Kobe understood this. Within a CBS interview, he stated, “I had to separate myself. It felt like there were so many things coming at once. It was just becoming very, very confusing. I had to organize things. So I created the ‘Black Mamba” (Bengel). Kobe created an alternative mentality that he called the Mamba mentality. Like the biblical Abraham, Sarah, Peter, and Israel, who all received name changes, Kobe created an alter ego with a new name to remind him of his focus to win. Question: What thoughts do you need to change to transform into your new self? What is a name that would describe your renewed self?
Since Kobe liked to win, he became as shrewd or as wise as a snake. Matthew 10:16 reads, “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (NIV). Kobe was known for his footwork, spins, and post skills. He played against the opposing team’s wolves as Black Mamba, the man of shrewd pump-fakes who leapt backwards for his midrange fadeaway jump shot. Kobe was long like a mamba, fast and unpredictable. He had rapid strikes. You even saw his tongue, like a snake tasting the air, when Kobe went in to strike towards the rim of the basket. He could score from anywhere on the court, just as the black mamba lives on land and in trees. He chose the name from the film, Kill Bill. “The length, the snake, the bite, the strike, the temperament…yeah, that’s me. That’s me!” says Kobe in an interview with Kent Babb of the Washington Post. Fans called Kobe an assassin on the court. He lived up to his new name. Question: What new behavior do you utilize to show your wisdom?
Kobe focused upon conversions. His conversions are the court corrected mistakes made by offense players during a missed shot or missed free throw. A coach could yell, “Change!”, and the team would know to regain the ball. In the Bible, Paul, otherwise known as Saul of Tarsus, also experienced a conversion. Acts 9:17-19 shows, “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength” (NIV). Paul’s conversion was to accept the Holy Spirit instead of the Jewish law. Paul, as an apostle, planted churches and wrote letters to advise, teach and counsel church leaders and members. Kobe seemed to understand the apostle’s life as well because he spread the message of the mamba mentality while he worked with youth, the homeless, and veterans.
Change!
Change your mindset to one of power from the Lord!
Change your name to one that explains God’s plans for your life!
Change your strategy to one of vision, purpose and conversion!
Since Jesus died for you and for me –
Change!
Kobe used scripture in his life; do you?
I’m Dr. Daintee Jones-Clark, Pastor of The House That Dignity Built Ministries. Our ministry is powered by Majestic Christian Center. If you are in search of a church home, consider joining Majestic Christian Center. The number is 281-997-1242. If you desire to open your own online church or ministry, contact us at dignityindirection@gmail.com. Amen and ashe’.