If you’re a basketball fan, I would expect you to recognize the name, Lamar Odom. He has had a long and illustrious career as a professional player, and according to Wikipedia, frequently found himself in the “sixth man” position for many of the teams on which he played. His presence on the court was welcomed because of his positive personality and was called “the most popular player in our locker room” by the Los Angeles Lakers’ general manager, Mitch Kupchak. He was a very strong “team” player and was content to be in a supporting role while deferring to his teammates.
His life was not without some serious bumps along the way, however. In 2015, he reportedly had twelve strokes and six heart attacks while he was in a four-day-long coma due to a drug overdose. He recovered, however, and considers himself a “walking miracle.”
This past weekend Lamar took one more step into the miraculous. He has followed a path not unlike rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer, Kanye West.
Kanye West isn’t the only one in the middle of spiritual awakening.
Lamar Odom, after literally walking through the valley of the shadow of death, has officially turned his life over to Christ.
In an Instagram post, the former NBA shared the news that he “got saved” over the weekend at The Word Church.
Odom shared how grateful he is to be “walking with the Lord” and thanked The Word Church Founder & Senior Pastor Dr. R.A. Vernon for showing him the light. He also thanked Jesus for “keeping [him] alive.”
“Nowadays I’m doing the best I can in walking with the Lord,” he wrote. “Thanks to Pastor Vernon @drravernon, I got saved at @thewordchurch this weekend. I had to show Jesus my appreciation for keeping me alive!”
Odom’s girlfriend, Sabrina Parr, has been supportive of him throughout this process, and commented under his post saying that she would continue to be by his side.
“Nothing better than a man of God! Keeping pushing through life baby!! God willing I’ll be right here by your side!!!!” she wrote.
Lamar has been candid about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction over the past few years, and he even released a memoir called Darkness to Light earlier this year in which he talks about being so high on coke and ecstasy one time that he threatened to kill Khloe Kardashian, his girlfriend at the time.
In an interview with CNN back in May, Odom revealed that strength in God helped him through that dark period in his life.
“The strength in God, the strength in my family for never giving up on me, that’s who I live for now,” he said. “I lived selfishly for a long time. I’ll be an addict for as long as I live.
“When you’re sober, you’re present. And when you’re present, you kind of understand the consequences and repercussions of what you do, and therefore I have no will to do any drug that isn’t marijuana. I understand the consequences and repercussions of getting high.”
He added: “I’m trying to go forward and trying to move forward. If I do drugs, that’s moving backyards. If I live moving backwards, that means I’m living to die.”