After Leaving Lakers, Magic Johnson Focuses on Serving Church and Community: “I Just Want to Go Out and Bless Other People

FILE PHOTO – Apr 9, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson speaks to the media before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Earvin “Magic” Johnson left the NBA earlier this year, but it wasn’t so he could kick back and retire. It was so he could serve more in his church and community.

Johnson says his work as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations was simply “not fun” for him, reports the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Los Angeles. And even more so, he says, it hindered him from being able to truly help others in need, according to the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Johnson and his pastor, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles COGIC, announced on March 18 that they were launching an initiative to equip African American men to succeed in life. And recently, Johnson consulted with Blake regarding plans to construct the West Angeles Family Life Center, which will provide development programs for inner-city families.

Johnson’s wife, Cookie, started attending West Angeles COGIC nearly 20 years ago. Soon afterward, Johnson started going to church with her and, as a result, has grown in his faith, according to the Associated Press. During a recent Sunday presentation, according to the church, Johnson shared publicly that his prayer life is stronger than before, and he is surrounding himself with people of faith.

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SOURCE: Charisma News