You Are The One For The Job

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Phil Jackson is the one for the job.  Why? Because there is only one Phil Jackson. He is a proven winner, a constant champion and a tried and true basketball commodity that as a coach never languished through a losing season.

Phil Jackson is the man for the job. He signed as the new President of the New York Knicks and this latest career move has now brought him full circle. He began in the NBA with the Knicks in the late ‘60’s and is now returning to the team where he started his glittering career  after a 35 year hiatus.

For this job, some say Phil Jackson is the man.  He is a 68-year-old Hall of Famer who has won a record 13 NBA titles as a player and coach. He says his aim was to bring a winning tradition back to New York.  Jackson won 11 NBA titles as a coach, surpassing the previous record of nine set by Red Auerbach. That’s six, count ‘em – SIX titles with Michael Jordan, and five titles with Kobe Bryant. Not too shabby, huh? So, to win in New Your “would be the pinnacle, a capstone, on the remarkable career that I’ve had,”[1] Jackson said.

Jackson is the man, but others question “is this the right  job?” Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967 to 1978 and has now been put in charge of all basketball decisions. He won two titles as a player with the Knicks, helping them win their most recent NBA crown, in 1973.  “To come back to the place where I started in basketball is a great feeling” said Jackson. He vowed to revive the struggling New York Knicks. He will be trying to recreate the magic he was part of with the Knicks in the 1970s.

For this job some openly doubt if Jackson is the right one. He retired from coaching in May 2011 and is now going to take on the new “project” of the failing Knicks franchise in a new position. Can it even be done?  Will it be done? Maybe the question is, “Can it be done or will it be done by anyone other than Phil?”  Only time will tell.  

And so ask yourself this question: “Are you are the one for the job?”  Despite the distraction of the doubters and the dissenters, notwithstanding the negativity of the no-accounts and the naysayers, and casting aside the carping of the critics and the skeptics, the answer is – YES!

Why are you the one for the job? Because God made only one you. Whatever the job is you have been assigned to, you are the only one who can do it quite like you. So stop questioning if you have the raw skills or the requisite know-how or the right stuff for the job. Wherever God has placed you, He has graced with all sufficient grace for the task at hand. So depend on His grace and His grace alone. Thankfully, Jonathan taught us this lesson.

 Jonathan was the man for the job. He and his amour-bearer defeated the Philistines without the knowledge or permission of his father, King Saul, and launched what turned out to be a great victory for Israel. His faith forgot his fear and forced him forward, further than even his father would go.  He knew the he was the one for the job.

And so are you.


[1] “Phil Jackson Seeks to Recreate Magic with The Knicks” (AFP)