Keeping the Faith

Ros Gold-Onwude

Frequently, Cappie Pondexter can be found on Twitter under the name @Cappa23 tweeting positive, uplifting, and often spiritual messages. Below are a few sent from her Twitter account:

Dec. 9: "Certainly the Lord guards the way of the godly, but the way of the wicked ends in destruction." Psalm 1:6”

Dec. 12: “Nothing wrong with loving hard bc God's love for us was way stronger then we can imagine! So keep giving all the love you can!”

Dec. 12: “With the skill God blessed you with and playing with love and passion, the game comes so much easier!!!”

Dec. 27: “God truly works on his time and I swear it's the best time ever! Rt when u need it most! Truly thankful and full from his glory rt now!” 

Jan. 1: “God smiles on us daily  #whynot smile

The New York Liberty perennial All Star is known for her high- level skill, competitive spirit and fire on the court. Less obvious to the public is her spiritual side, a piece of her to which she attributes much of her balance and success. Cappie Pondexter opened up to about her faith, the impact it has on her life, and how she hopes to share positivity and inspiration with others.

How important is faith to you?

I’m more of a spiritual person than I am a religious person. For me, my faith is less about going to church and more about having faith in a higher being. This faith helps us understand that it’s not all about us. It remind us to treat people the way you would like to be treated, to be the best person you can be. I take all of that to heart.

When did you begin to call yourself a spiritual person?

I grew up that way. I learned from my family. We grew up in the church. Thankfulness, faith, that’s all been passed down from my great grandmother to my grandmother, to my mom, to me.

How does your spirituality benefit you?

There are ups and downs both on the court and off the court. In both situations, I have my faith. It’s important to me to have faith. I choose to believe this. No matter the situation, whether in life, or on the court in a “need a basket” situation, my faith helps me remember to believe in myself and that I am here for a reason. In business, as the CEO of my own company, my faith keeps me working hard and staying persistent. It feeds my drive to be the best I can be.

How do you choose the excerpts from the Bible or inspirational quotes that you tweet to the public?

It’s really whatever I’m reading. I read the Bible, little inspirational books; I do a lot of reading especially while overseas. It’s whatever strikes in me feeling, emotion, and/or passion. I want to share that with fans. I get a lot of positive feedback about the things I tweet. I tweet what’s on my heart and mind. I tweet these quotes to not only inspire myself, but others, too.

Do you have a favorite quote or Bible passage you refer to often?

(Thinks for a while) Different quotes inspire me on different days but if I had to pick one I’d choose this: 1 Corinthians: 13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” I’d choose this proclamation that love is greatest of all. We’re all human. We need to share love. God is made from love, so we are made of love. This is the main thing that sticks in my mind and heart.