“Linsanity” has become an overnight sensation for game-winning performances, but Jeremy Lin always finds a way to redirect all praise to the Bible like another Christian player, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow.
In an interview with The Game, Lin gave Tebow and others alike credit for their outward practice of faith, reported the Gospel Herald.
"Actually a lot of inspiration just because (Tebow's) such a polarizing figure but I think the things he says in interviews, his approach to the game is just unbelievable and I respect him so much," Lin revealed.
New York Knicks’ point guard from Harvard, Jeremy Lin recently cited Romans 5:3-5 as one of his favorite and most relatable Bible verses, reported the Christian Post.
It reads: "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
In an interview with GoodTV, a Taiwanese evangelical Christian channel, Lin said God uses both bad and tough situations to teach valuable lessons as well as times of suffering to strengthen relationships with him.
While 23-year-old Lin has endured his fair share of trials and tribulations since the start of his journey to college, he said, "For me, when I get knocked down, I really try to get back up and go at it again. I don't like to give up."
After many closed doors and six months of prayer, Lin enrolled in Harvard.
"For me, I didn't want to go to Harvard. That was like my last option. But God closed all the other doors and made it very clear that he wanted me to go there so looking back I can see why and I'm very thankful that I've never gone to Stanford or any other PAC 10 school," he said.Lin even sought and received words of encouragement from Donnie Nelson, the president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks and one of similar faith for guidance.
"He said... 'This could be just...another barrier that you have to overcome but God is sovereign.' That was his reminder to me as he was inviting me to play for his summer league team," Lin told the Post.
After playing in the Summer League, Lin was dropped by two teams within a year before landing with the Knicks.
According to the Herald, it was bible verses similar to Romans that pulled him through his releases from the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets teams.
"I definitely didn't see it coming and got pulled out midway through the first [Golden State Warriors] practice. My agent and I had zero idea that was going to happen," Lin said. "It was really tough for me at the time but I just tried to hold on to a lot of the stuff in the Bible that God gives to trust, have joy in the sufferings, and trust in his perfect plan. That's what I tried my best to do and I'm thankful the way things turned out."
As “Linsanity” gains more followers, Lin is focused on keeping his humility on and off the court. He said despite wins or loses God is ordering his life every step of the way.
In addition to one day becoming a rotation player, a starting point guard, and winning an NBA championship, Lin wants to become a pastor and work with underprivileged communities.
"I want to be able to do some of the things that [Tebow] does in terms of the amount of charity work and the nonprofit work, and the way he impacts people off the field. I think that is what is most inspiring to me about him."