Sue Stewart

For many years Canadian Sue Stewart built her life on ‘the rock,' as she called basketball.

"I worshiped this rock to the point where I knew it would take care of all my insecurities," Stewart says. "I was somebody because I played basketball. I was accepted, so then basketball was my identity, because people could identify me with being a basketball player. You see, basketball was something I could totally rely on. It would never let me down. It would always be there for me, therefore I trusted basketball. So then basketball became my God.

"In 1996, I had finally reached the pinnacle of my basketball career. All the sacrifices, hard work, and persistence had finally paid off. I was going to the Olympic games. We were representing Canada, competing against the world's best. This was it — I'd climbed the ladder of success, only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall."

Stewart suffered a knee injury just before the ‘96 Games. She was severely limited and ineffective on the court.

"I had to sit and watch my team struggle throughout the whole Olympic Games with feelings of frustration and helplessness, from the sidelines," says Stewart, for 10 years a member of Canada's national women's basketball team. "Suddenly what was my dream had quickly become my nightmare.

"It was after those games and months of depression that I realized that I had worshiped a created thing instead of the creator of all things. I was building my life around things that can be easily taken away. I needed something permanent and Jesus was that permanent rock. Jesus says, ‘A wise man builds his house on the rock that stands firm, while the foolish man builds his on sand which comes crashing down.' That was me, building my foundation on basketball.

"From that experience I learned that sometimes God's way of getting our attention is by showing us that we have misplaced priorities. Jesus says "for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul." Sure, it's nice to make an Olympic team, but there is more to life. Now I no longer build my life on this rock. My rock is Jesus Christ!"

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