Moses had the opportunity right there after he killed the Egyptian to come clean, to tell the truth about himself. He didn’t do it, though. He did something else. He hid the Egyptian. That’s right. He hid the Egyptian. We have a tendency, don’t we, when we sin, I know I do, to kind of cover it up, to kind of take out a shovel and put some sand over it so no one will see it, no one will know it happens.
And fear and sin go hand in hand like chips and hot sauce, peanut butter and jelly, mashed potatoes and cream gravy. When i sin, if I don’t deal with it, fear will come in. Remember me with the boa constrictor, “okay, I’ve disobeyed my parents and I was happy i had the snake but i began to be fearful, “oh no. What if mom and dad find out?” And that’s what happened to Moses.
He wants me to be a part of it, if we just ask him to strength to summon the power to be a part of it. Moses didn’t know. He kind of elbowed god out of the way. The creature shook his puny little fist in the face of the creator and he said, “i will live by my own self-sovereignty. I’m the man. I’m above the law. I elbow you out of the way, God. To the left, to the right. No problem. Oh!” The egyptian is dead. Moses thinks, “no problem. No problem.”
Remember that i told you? If you fail to look to God before you act, something terrible is going to happen and it did. And then when something terrible happens, we have a tendency to hide something. Here’s the third principle on becoming a difference maker. Difference makers locate their sin and they tell the truth about it.
We’d been dating for over two years. But we made the move to Houston, over a 1,000 miles away. Now, I thought, “Okay, I can finish up my high school career and wherever I get a scholarship, Lisa and I will just go to that same school. Then we’ll get married.” That was the plan. Now I want to talk to you again about this contrast thing. Talk about contrast! I grew up in a very, very middle class environment. We wore blue jeans and tee shirts to school. That was it. We moved from the Deep South to an area of Houston that was like Highland Park on steroids.
Dad moved from a church in South Carolina that had thousands to a church that was running around 700 people. I was thinking, “This is really odd.” It was a culture shock for me. Now I was going to high school with all these wealthy people. And to show you how ignorant I was, I remember asking someone, “What are those horses on people’s clothes?” They looked at me and said, “That’s Polo man! Where have you been?” I remember seeing several cars that had these big hood ornaments, the round hood ornaments with things that looked like an upside down Y.
“What is that?” “It’s a Mercedes. It’s a Benz!” I didn’t even know what they were. That year in Houston was a very, very tough year for me because I had a coach that not only betrayed me, but betrayed my family. After ten or fifteen games I caught a severe case of mononucleosis. But pre-season, I was picked by Dave Campbell as one of the top twelve recruits in the state of Texas.
He would not think about acting, he would not think about twirling a live dog on his nose or shooting basketball without first taking the cue from the trainer and i punched lisa and said, “hey, look at the seal. He’s smarter than most people i know. He is locked in on the trainer,” and that is what difference makers do. That’s what moses failed to do. Difference makers, they’re locked into god before they act.
They, like balboa, look up at the trainer, “God, what do you want me to do? What do you want me to do, God?” You see, god is doing great things in the world. He’s doing great things right near you, right near me. The question should be this, “god, where are you working and help me to be a part of it.” God’s working and he wants you to be a part of it.
But I persisted and pursued and now she’s my wife. We’ve been married for 24 years. That was quite an experience. So during that time, I was playing more and more basketball. I had an opportunity after my sophomore year to attend an invitation only basketball camp. At this camp, the best players in the east converged in a small town in Georgia—Millersville. 250 college scouts were there to watch us play five games a day. I was fortunate enough to have several good games, so a lot of schools began to talk to me: Norte Dame, NC State, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, etc.
So I’m thinking, “Man, I might have a chance to play college basketball! I mean, I might play major college basketball, because things are going well!” And I was dating this beautiful girl who was a great Christian, and we were involved there at the church, and I’m thinking, “This is going to be awesome! I’m going into my senior year now, and this is going to be the best. It’s gonna be off the hook!”
Well, at the end of my junior year in high school, my father walked in and announced to us that we were moving to Houston, Texas. That was a big change. Houston, Texas—the land of cowboys and cactus, big hair and all that? Houston? “Dad, I’m going into my senior year. I mean I have a chance for a full ride. Houston?!” And the more we talked about it, and the more our family prayed about it, the peace of God came over us and I knew it was the right thing to do as a young guy. I knew it. I knew God was in it. And it was a difficult thing to say goodbye to Lisa.