“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up”
And patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady Romans 5:4
Jim Valvano was a college basketball coach whose most notable success came at North Carolina State University. He had previously coached at Bucknell and Iona College. Once, when introducing himself to another person at a fundraiser, he allegedly said “Hi, I’m Jim Valvano, Iona College”. The man reportedly looked at him and said, “Frank Jones, I own a bank”.
Likely not a true story, but Valvano was a master storyteller, and he had a marvelous sense of humor. He led North Carolina State to a national title in 1983 over heavily favored University of Houston and he secured lasting fame for that championship. Later, he left North Carolina State and became a broadcaster for ESPN.
He died at the age of 47 from a somewhat rare cancer. Before he died, however, he became an inspiration to many, and founded the V Foundation, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer research. He left a legacy of fighting against cancer.
His quote, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” has been the rallying call for ESPN’s annual fundraiser for the V Foundation. It is a great motto. So simple, yet profound. How often have we wanted to give up on something? People fighting deadly diseases, people who are facing serious family or financial problems- you name it. All, at some time, are tempted to just give up. Most do not.
I love Jimmy V’s motto. We will discuss more in future blogs.
In the meantime- Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!
Prayer: Thank you Father for the hope you give us, and the strength to persevere, Amen