(Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics)

If I ever needed proof that I could play basketball without being tall, I didn't have to look very far. Jordan is the same height as me.

You know how we celebrate - and deservedly so - when a player scores 1,000 points in their college career? Jordan isn't just a member of 1,000 point club. Or the 2,000 point club. He is one of the few people to ever score over 2,500 points in their career.

Jordan never let his size be an excuse on the court. He just went out there and made it happen.

I think that's probably why one of my favorite stories from the Bible is David, from David and Goliath. He might not have been the biggest guy, but he worked and prepared, and when the moment to face Goliath came, David was ready.

I'm trying to be the same way.  Plus, I don't think life is about doing things with a certain expectation of what's going to happen. It's about trying your best with the skills you have and seeing what happens as a result.

There's a certain beauty in the unknown. That's what makes basketball such a compelling drama. You just never know what can happen.

So with my basketball future really up in the air, and out of my hands, all I'm going to do is work hard and lean on my faith. Jeremiah 29:11 says “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for you to prosper and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”

The future part is in God's control, but the hope part? Thanks to my upbringing, my brothers, and the kids back in Costa Rica, I've got that one under control.

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