Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star, won the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. It was well deserved. In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best-performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests.
Kevin Durant was the league’s scoring leader and is one of the most exciting and exhilarating and electrifying players ever to play the game. He is leading his team through the playoffs and has his sights set on a higher goal: The NBA Championship. While the team has a tough hoe to roe en route to winning the title, Durant’s individual accomplishments as a player are not in dispute.
Kevin Durant loves the game. But not only that, it is apparent that he loves his teammates even more. And the love he has for his mother is even more heartwarming and tear-jerking. His MVP speech is a must see. In the speech he praises his mother, Wanda Pratt: “And last my mom. We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe. You kept us off the street. You put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”
Kevin Durant got it right. Tina Turner didn’t. In her smash hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Tina Turner didn’t quite get it right. Love, for her, was a “second-hand emotion.” Ummmmm, no. If we love the games of basketball and football and baseball and hockey and soccer and the sports of gymnastics and track and field and swimming and everything else in between, then it’s clearly more than a second hand emotion. It’s a primary emotion. And our emotion or emotions have EVERYTHING to do with our love, and our love is inextricably tied to our emotions.
Kevin Durant reminded us that our moms are the love of our life, and they have done more for us than we’ll ever know. The love of a mother is emblematic of the love God has for us. The “Mother’s Day” song Shirley Caesar popularized says is all:
“For the 9 months I carried you holding you inside me, $ NO CHARGE
For the nights I sat up with doctored you and prayed for you, $ NO CHARGE
For the time and tears and the costs through the years there is NO CHARGE
When you add it all up the full cost of my love is $ NO CHARGE “
God’s love comes with a price, but not at a cost to us. Love is a fact and a feeling. It is first a fact. God loves us: fact. His love compels Him to do for us and to care for us; to console and to correct; to comfort and to cajole. Love “made” God do for us what He did for us and does for us. God so loved the world that he gave, and He cared enough for us that He sent His best, His only begotten Son. Jesus, loved us and cared for us so much that he lived and died for us.