Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man." Being raised in a Christian home with five other siblings, one of which has special needs, has influenced me in ways that two paragraphs could never capture. Both my faith and my family have been the biggest influences in my life. For as long as I can remember, I have grown up watching my sister playing the game of basketball, and admired not only the way she played basketball but also her character. Whether it is going to shoot basketball everyday after school, or going to the gym to get a few laps in, the message of this verse as well as my family have motivated me to push myself towards my highest level.
Being a leader is something all coaches look for in a player; however, being a good listener and follower is just as important. I believe I possess this unique quality that is so hard to come by in our noisy, distracting world; I am not afraid to reflect in quiet. Although I was only an eighth grader when I first started varsity, my teammates looked to me as a point guard for guidance and leadership on the court, and I believe I lived up to that responsibility. I am also not scared to be vocal and to lead with authority when needed. Because of my strong faith, I know that when the timing is right, the Lord will open the door to the college where I will use what He has given me, to help me make that team the best it can be while I am there.