Kevin Durant, winner of 2014 most valuable player award in the NBA, gave an emotional acceptance speech May 6. It was filled with many personal insights as a player as well as tributes of thanks for his teammates and coaches.
But what stood out to us at FamilyLife was the way Durant concluded his speech:
And last, my mom. I don’t think you know what you did. You had my brother when you were 18 years old. Three years later, I came out. The odds were stacked against us, single parent with two boys by the time you were 21 years old. Everybody told us we weren’t supposed to be here. We moved from apartment to apartment by ourselves. One of the best memories I have is when we moved into our first apartment, no bed, no furniture and we just all sat in the living room and just hugged each other because we thought we made it.
When something good happens to you, I don’t know about you guys, but I tend to look back to what brought me here...
We weren’t supposed to be here. You made us believe, you kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry, you sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.
In an age when many role models for kids (whether they are athletes, musicians, or actors) are often self-promoting, Durant's heartfelt words honored his mother for the sacrifices she made for so many years as a single parent.
Motherhood is a tough job even in the best of circumstances. Being a single mom is even tougher.
Thank you, Wanda Pratt, for sticking with it through thick and thin. Thank you for molding your son spiritually to know Christ.
With Mother's Day around the corner, what a great reminder by Kevin Durant for us all to remember the forgotten commandment to "Honor your father and mother" (Exodus 20:12).
Why not take a moment today to write a note and thank your mom for what she's done for you? You may not have the opportunity to have a national audience like Durant did when accepting his award. But we're guessing your mom will appreciate it nonetheless.