I had to self-reflect. I had to ask, would I allow myself to listen to what everyone else said about me? Would I allow myself to be consumed by my performance on the court? To be consumed by my job? I based my self-worth on how many points I scored or how many games I started. I based my self-esteem on being the player that everyone else expected me to be. But my identity should never have been based on basketball. And this is when God showed me I needed an identity check.
So what did I have to do? I had to re-prioritize my life. I told myself, I’m no longer going to listen to everyone else’s voice. I’m not even going to listen to my own voice anymore. I had to get back to listening to God’s voice. I had to get back to being what God made me to be. I had to return to my identity as one of God’s children, rather than trying to be “Linsanity,” which was an identity created by the world.
“I became so obsessed with becoming a great basketball player … trying to be Linsanity, being this phenomenon that took the NBA by storm. … The coaches were losing faith in me; basketball fans were making fun of me. … I was supposed to be joyful and free, but what I experienced was the opposite. I had no joy, and I felt no freedom.”—