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God Has Your Back

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Coach of the Washington Huskies, Lorenzo Romar, shares how he learned that God loves us for who we are, not what we do.

Points. That’s all I cared about growing up.

Putting points on the scoreboard and earning points with God. Obeying my parents, that was good for two. Helping a friend, field goal. Going to church, slam-dunk.

My obsession with scoring points continued into the NBA. Lacking exceptional ability, I had to work twice as hard as everyone else. But I didn’t care; I was just happy to be there!

One day in the midst of this striving, I sat down with the Bible—a rare moment. Four hours later, I read a passage that startled me. It said that no matter how good I tried to be—no matter how many points I tried to score with God—His standard would always be out of reach. In that moment, I wanted to give up. If my best wasn’t good enough for God, what was?

As I continued reading, my dejection turned to excitement. I learned that God knew I wasn’t good enough, so He sent Jesus to die in my place. I didn’t have to do anything to win God over. Jesus had taken care of that. All I had to do was believe.

Oddly enough, my life became harder, not easier, after I became a Christian. But I’m thankful to know that whether I experience failure or success, God always has my back. Furthermore, my win/loss record has zero bearing on my status with Him. God loves me for who I am, not what I do. And He loves you just the same.

Written by Lorenzo Romar, Coach of the Washington Huskies

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