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Keller Menke, St Catharine College

by carmine on December 17, 2012

Keller Menke
St. Catharine College
Maysville, KY



I fell in love with the game of basketball when I was in the sixth grade. It consumed every single part of my life. I woke up thinking about it and I went to sleep knowing how excited I would be to play again the next was my life. For those who don’t know anything about my career, I really grew into my role as a leader and a teammate my Junior year of high school when three of the greatest players in my schools history, graduated. And because of that, I had to come up with some sort of a plan to keep winning. I had to figure out how to make my team better, how to make me better, and most of all I had to figure out some way to get me into college to play this game that I had grown to love so much. And to those of you reading that know anything about how my Junior year went, you know that my plan didn’t work..we won 8 games total- I knew it was time to reevaluate. I had to think of some other way. I started to work harder, and I started to become a better player, a better teammate, and we became a better team my Senior year. In October of that year, I got my first offer to play college basketball- and at the time I don’t think I had ever been that happy. I remember exactly what I was thinking, where I was standing, what I was doing, and I remember how pumped I was to even have an offer. I remember how good it felt knowing that someone truly believed in me. I signed to play college basketball for St Catharine College (a small school in Kentucky, two hours away from my home in Maysville) in November. I was entering a program full of amazing people who I had just met, I was playing for a coach who would become a lot more like a part of my family and I knew that I fit. I knew that this was the plan, and it felt good.

I don’t know if you have noticed the common theme, but every single time- it was my plan that failed. I thought I had it figured out and God smacked me in my face and put me on my butt and I wonder how I could ever think that my plan would actually work, because it won’t. We get so torn up about things that don’t work out because we invest our hearts and our time into them, like I did with basketball, and most of the time they don’t end up how we had planned them to. The awesome thing about all of this though, is that God’s plan for us are so much greater than our plans for us. I can always reference back to Romans 8:28 or Jeremiah 29:11, but we all know those verses. We know that God has a plan not to harm us, we know that all things will work together for good for those who love Him. We know that. So why don’t we put that into action? Why don’t we ever just fully trust and submerge ourselves into the ocean of God’s unending love? Because we’re scared. We’re scared of not having our plan.

On Monday, April 30th, I went to meet with a surgeon about my injury. He told me I could have surgery, he told me I would be better with a lot of rest and a lot of hope- and that I was going to be okay, it would just take time. Time, that I knew, I didn’t really have when it came to basketball. And my plan, once again, had to change. I had been praying a lot about my future, I needed to know what God had in store for me, I needed to know what I should do. I came to the conclusion one day in May when I drove away from St Catharine for the last time as a student- with tears streaming down my face. Because ya see, God has a bigger plan for me than basketball. He has the whole time. And He was patient in letting me keep choosing to do what I wanted to do. He made my body weak so that my faith could soar, He made my muscles tired so that my hope could be renewed. He made my heart strong, so that I could be okay with the decision I had to make.

Because plans change, but our God never will. Our plans fail, but our God has never failed us. And even after losing something I loved so much, I know that it’s all part of His plan..and His plans for me make mine look pretty small. His plans for all of us who believe in Him, go far beyond anything we could imagine. So if you are struggling today because things aren’t going the way you thought they would-look up. Smile at your Creator, and know that there are better things coming your way..because there are.

I now work for Morehead State University’s women’s basketball team as a student assistant. Although I’ll never be able to play the game again, it will always be a part of my life and it will always be a part of my heart. I am forever an athlete, I am forever unashamed.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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