Retired NBA Hall of Famer, Magic Johnson marked the 25th anniversary of his HIV announcement, with a heartfelt post, where he revealed God was working in his life, and his faith gave him strength to stand up and tell the world that he had contracted HIV.
“God brings you through challenges to understand His power and His purpose for your life. Life is going to have ups and downs, but it’s the humbleness you show in the good moments and the resilience you display in the bad moments that make you who you are. This is a celebration of those moments!”
“November 7, 1991 was a life-changing day that I never saw coming,” Johnson wrote in a post on his website, The Playbook. “Up until then, I thought the hardest thing I’d ever done was play against Michael Jordan or Larry Bird, but on this day I began the fight of my life. This day, I began to realize how God was working in my life. My faith gave me strength to stand up and tell the world that I had contracted Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).”
Magic, who attends West Angeles Church Of God In Christ continued,
“I felt it was my duty to educate as many people as I could about the disease.” “It was then that I began my new journey to walk every day in God’s purpose. Today, I continue to do everything I can to bring awareness and education about this disease to the community.”
“Out of necessity, I was forced to rethink my life and adjust,” he shared. “It was vital for me to adapt from the life of an NBA player to that of a spokesman for HIV/AIDS and a businessman. Whether out of necessity or desire, change is inevitable. Trusting in God and accepting His plan for my life is a big part of why I am here today. My growth and development as a person and as a businessman have transformed over the last 25 years.”