NBA GREAT SHARES FAITH TESTIMONY 11/03/05
Trinity Christian College,
through the sponsorship of the Trinity Athletics Club, hosted Bobby Jones
-- a 1972 Olympian and member of the National Basketball Association for
10 years -- on October 29. The All-American and four-time All-Star spoke
of his memories of professional basketball and how he integrated his faith
into his career.
Jones came to Christ his
senior year at the University of North Carolina. When he signed a contract
with the NBA after graduation, he committed himself to playing the game
in a way that would be God-honoring.
"We have an opportunity in
our lives to be positive role models and to encourage others," Jones said.
"I wanted to be a Christian 24-7, not just when it was convenient for me."
Road blocks to Jones' Christ-like
aspirations came often, especially on the court. In those situations, Jones
asked that the Lord would control his temper and anger so he would not
be a poor example. He would often pray, "Lord, show me how you can handle
this situation for me."
One of the biggest struggles
for Jones was honoring referees. He made it a point, therefore, to always
question calls in a way that respected them and their decisions. His faithfulness
to seeking the truth, whether beneficial to himself or his team, led one
particular referee to trust Jones' decisions regarding two important calls.
As a witness to his Philadelphia
76ers teammates, Jones sought to have God show His truth in a way that
would not be offensive. He knew others watched him to see if his actions
were consistent with his professed beliefs. Jones impressed upon his audience
that "the world will judge us by our performances."
"We were thrilled to have
Bobby Jones speak at our first TAC luncheon," said Jeff Raymond, athletics
director. "His words were challenging, not only to the athletes in attendance,
but for all of us as we seek to pursue excellence in a godly manner."
Jones continues his dedication
to the Lord through a partnership with former NBA stars David "Skywalker"
Thompson and Bart Kofoed. Together, they run 2xsalt, a program geared toward
making an impact on the lives of youth in the Charlotte, North Carolina
area. Jones has been married to his wife, Tess, for 31 years. He has three
children, Eric, 26, Matthew, 24, and Meredith, 20.