I was paging through a Sports Illustrated magazine and my attention focused in the "tidbit" section to a story about Rico Leroy Marshall, an 18-year-old senior at Forestville High School in Glenarden, Maryland. Rico was a basketball star with everything going his way...a promising athletic scholarship to the University of South Carolina, first place winner in his school's talent contest.
That's background...here's the story: Rico is driving home from a ball game on a Friday when he is stopped by a County Sheriff in a patrol car. On the seat beside Rico was a plastic bag with several chunks of crack, the highly concentrated and addictive form of cocaine. So that he wouldn't be arrested for illegal possession, he swallowed the drugs as the Sheriff walked to his stopped car. Later that night, at home, he went into convulsions. His parents rushed him to the hospital...early on Saturday morning, Rico Leroy Marshall dies of an overdose.
There's another element to this story...on the wall of Rico's bedroom was a huge poster of his hero, Len Bias. Bias was the star of the University of Maryland basketball team and was the #1 draft pick for the NBA (National Basketball Association) Boston Celtics. AND on the night he was drafted...Len Bias died of an overdose of drugs!
A sad story? Yes! Are you surprised? Now my question to you: Who is your role model? Who is the poster on the wall in your bedroom? Who do you want to follow? Who will you worship? Choose well! Heroes are important...but even more important is the hero you choose to follow and worship!
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:2a).