A winning attitude is about more than winning games. Sometimes, it’s about staying focused on what God is doing, not on circumstances.
University of Connecticut basketball star Paige Bueckers is demonstrating that by keeping her eyes not on her injured ACL, but on the unseen things God is doing.
This was a heartbreak of an injury since she’d missed nineteen games last season as a sophomore due to a knee injury. Faithwire reports, “She returned to lead the Huskies to the national championship game, which they lost to South Carolina. Last Monday, the star athlete tore her ACL during a pickup game.”
When every game counts, missing any is a struggle, but Bueckers says she’s relying on her faith to get her through. Her Instagram message to fans included this statement.
“It’s so, so crazy because you work so hard to get back healthy, you feel stronger than ever, and you are playing your best basketball, and with one sudden movement, it all shifts. It’s hard trying to make sense of it all now, but I can’t help but think that God is using me as a testimony as to how much you can overcome with Him by your side.”
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The Spun reports that Bueckers, a Minnesota native, is engaging in physical therapy after a successful surgery to repair the injury.
According to Faithwire, “In a new post published after her surgery, Bueckers shared a simple but powerful message: ‘God is GREAT… Let’s get it.'”
The athlete has made an impression on her teammates and coach.
“‘We’re all devastated for Paige,’ UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said last week. ‘She’s worked really hard to get stronger and healthier this offseason, and this is an unfortunate setback. Paige is obviously an amazing basketball player, but she’s a better person and teammate, and it’s really unfortunate that this has happened to her.'”
Paige “said she is confident God is using her injury for good, a nod to Romans 8:28, which reads, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.'”
There is plenty of evidence to that with Paige’s testimony of faith and trust in God reported widely in the sports world and other media.
Many people are now watching this rising star to see what God will do with and through her life on the basketball court and beyond.