Many of you probably saw Kevin Durant's emotional tribute to his mother as he received the 2013-14 MVP award for the NBA. If you didn't, it is worth watching. His mother, Wanda Pratt, received a standing ovation when he identified her as "the real MVP."
Kevin recognized the impact that his mother and several other individuals, both family, friends and coaches, have had on his life. Additionally, he gave praise and thanks to God for all that He has done in Kevin's life. His entire speech resonated as both genuine and sincere.
In listening to basketball's MVP, I thought of Paul's words to Timothy. Paul said, "I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also" (II Tim 1:5). Through Timothy's family ran a legacy of faith. Paul described it as a "sincere" faith.
According to Paul, Timothy's sincere faith began in infancy as he was taught the Holy Scriptures (see II Tim 3:15). This faith was established on the Word of God and developed over time. And what was the result? To the church at Philippi, Paul wrote, "I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ" (Phil 2:19-21).
On this Mother's Day weekend, may all of us make a renewed commitment to develop and live out a sincere and genuine faith before a lost and needy world.