Derek Fisher

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


In 2007, the Utah Jazz management agreed to release basketball great Derek Fisher from his contract. Fisher's 10-month-old daughter, Tatum, had cancer in her left eye. Her dad needed to concentrate full-time on finding her the best care.

"Life, for me, outweighs the game of basketball," Fisher told reporters. "When it comes to decisions related to them," he said of his family, "I do what's best." Even the owner of the Utah Jazz agreed that Fisher is "focused on the most important thing."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. In eight seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, Fisher helped win three NBA championships. He had experience that Utah's young team craved. But he also has a firm grasp on what matters more than salaries and scoreboards—in the high calling of our daily work.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."