God can have a calling on your life in many ways. He can call you into the ministry, He can call you to a particular place or job or He can just call you to give your best and help you develop.
As a sophomore, having a starting role on the varsity team was far from a reality for South Gibson senior Ethan Hicks. He sat on the bench as a student assistant and did whatever he could to help the team out.
But that wasn’t where God wanted Hicks to be. He had a bigger plan for Hicks’ life.
“In two years, I went from the J.V. team to a starting role as a senior,” he said. “At that point, I knew that God was working a miracle with me. He gave me that chance to show His glory by giving me that opportunity to be a starter.”
Through his faith in Christ, Hicks tries to give God the glory when he is on the basketball court.
“I try to give God the glory in different ways when I am on the court,” he said. “I point to Him when I make a good play. We pray as a team before every game and pray afterwards, and sometimes we have someone come in to do a devotional.”
Hicks looks to the story of David as one in which he find encouragement.
“David was the youngest of all of his brothers,” Hicks said. “He was the weak link of the family, but one day, a man came to his house and picked him out of all of his brothers to be king. David was shepherding in the fields, and he didn’t expect it.
“It is God showing He can take anybody from anywhere any time He wants and putting them where He needs them to be. Any situation God can get you in or out of if you just trust Him.”
Hicks follows the motto of trying to treat people the same way that Jesus would treat them.
“The main way I try and show His love is by the way I act,” Hicks said. “I try to do my best in every situation to show people love and do what Jesus would do.
“When I am in situations where I am able to share the Gospel with people, I try to act on that whether that is in school or with my teammates.”
The first word that pops in the mind of Hicks when talking about God is Savior.
“Since I was little, I grew up in a Christian family and have been going to church,” Hicks said. “I didn’t really know God until I started getting older. The main thing I learned through the years is that He died for us, and for what he did, I need to make him the Lord of my life. I need to make sure that everything I do is for Him and his glory.”
Hicks attends That Church Medina, which is a non-denominational church. He is on a leadership team in the youth group that meets once a month to plan out youth outings and activities, and he helps out with other church activities.
“Make sure that you are being a light wherever you go or whoever you are around,” Hicks said. “Make sure you are glorifying God.”
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Ethan Hicks’ favorite verse
Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”