At 10:59 am every Thursday at Southern, you will find a large majority of the student body gathered in either Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church or Illes P.E. Center, sitting in anticipation to hear the inspirational speaker or program that has been prepared.
Various subjects are presented during these times, from personal experiences/testimonies, to instruction on how to maintain a holistic life in college, to just simply living life with a purpose. A.C. Green gave a little bit of everything in his convocation talk on September 29.
Green was born in Portland, Oregon, had a 16-year NBA career, and is known as the “Iron Man” for playing in 1,192 straight games. He is also known, perhaps just as much in some circles, for having gone through his entire NBA career a virgin. This stance, motivated by his faith, has led him to go around the country and share his testimony.
Green began his talk by inviting the audience to ask him any question they wanted. James Dale, a junior long-term care administration major, asked Green if he would come out of retirement and play for his intramural team, to which Green responded, “I don’t want to play with officials and I don’t want any timeouts, I just want to play.”
After taking questions, Green began to talk about how he grew up religious, and was in church every week, but was not necessarily a Christian.
“If you go to McDonald's every single Sunday they still aren’t going to automatically make you a Big Mac; just going there is not going to result in anything,” Green said.
There were two instances that forever changed Green’s spiritual walk and became the basis for the morals he now speaks about. The first was an encounter he had with his old high school coach his sophomore year, who told him he was only doing enough to get by. The second instance was a sermon he heard right after high school that challenged him to actually have a personal relationship with Jesus.
“Matthew 6:33, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all other things will be added unto you,’ became the footprint for everything I did from that point on,” Green said.
Green encouraged the students to take into consideration that there is always a cause and an effect; that every decision one makes has a consequence.
Green closed his talk by challenging the students to decide what they were willing to stand for and asked them to stand if they were committed to standing for righteousness.
Just before he closed with a prayer, he offered these encouraging words, “I believe you can do it, because I did it.”
For more information on the A.C. Green Youth Foundation visit his website, www.acgreen.com.