Athlete Testimonies:

Richard Jefferson

Is Richard Jefferson the "finely-tuned Christian"? "No, no, never," he says. "I don't think anyone can call themselves that. It's an everyday struggle."

His life has always been a mix of church and basketball. But through tough moments and times of extreme growth, Jefferson has been known for his confidence. Because of his athletic success? No, because of Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That's why he says, "When I step out on the court I don't believe there's anybody I can't guard, I don't believe there's a shot I can't make."

The line dividing confidence and arrogance is easy to cross but difficult to distinguish. For Jefferson it's simple. "Cockiness is when you belittle other people. I don't do that." He has, however, rubbed others the wrong way on occasion. Pair his words with his abundant confidence, and his comments are sometimes as explosive as his game.

Jefferson understands the need for a steady Christian walk. "I'm a perfectionist, and if I mess up I'll feel so guilty that I won't read my Bible, then it's a snowball effect. I really need to get to consistency." He knows God is teaching him, and he feels extremely blessed.

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