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Do You Remember Pistol Pete Maravich?

It is so hard to think that more than 20 years have passed since Pete's death during a pickup basketball game on January 5, 1988.  Pete Maravich was one of the greatest basketball players of all time and his wizardry with passes and shooting skills were incredible.  Can you imagine anyone averaging over 44 points per game for a college career?  That's 44 points per game against teams from the Southeast Conference (SEC) no less as he spent all four years in college at LSU.  That's a record that is not likely to be broken as outstanding college players today only stay for ONE year before being eligible for the pro ranks.  He did go on to have a spectacular professional career with several teams although he never quite won an NBA championship.

With all of his success, he still went thru serious bouts of depression and became suicidal in trying to come to grips with life.  He tried several different religions and eventually gave his life to Christ and found peace during his last few years on earth.  He had lived what most of us would consider the American Dream!  Fame, Fortune, Success!  From All American basketball player in high school and college to All Pro in the NBA and yet he still had that emptiness that all of the world's finest offerings can never fill.

Why am I waxing nostalgic about Pete twenty years after he went on to be with the Lord?  One reason of course is that it seems like only yesterday that he was here among us and making passes and baskets that were always followed with "WOW" from people who saw him play.  But even more important, the new book called simply, Maravich, brings all the memories back along with insights that we can all benefit from by re-living the life of Pete Maravich. 

For all the people who are praying for loved ones who have wandered away from the Lord, or who have never given their life to Christ, Pistol Pete is a reminder that God can change adults as well as kids.  Pick up a copy of the book on Pete's life and remember I Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved bretheren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."

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