Basketball. It is indeed one of my favorite sports to watch. I don’t know a lot about the logistics, so I depend highly on my hubby to fill me in. That being said, I LOVE watching this sport. I love the sound of the shoes on the court, squeaking as the players hustle around. I am a yeller. I yell and I scream. I have been known to actually lose my voice at close and heated games.
Tonight, as I was watching the C.C.S. varsity play, I had a “revelation”.
The crowd was yelling and cheering, clapping as each good play was made. “Alright! Let’s go!” “Show ’em whose house they’re in!” “C’mon defense! Get your man!” “Stay on it, stay on it!” “Yeah!” I love cheering, even if in the end there’s a loss. It’s sportsmanship. It’s exuberance. It’s passion both on the court and in the stands. Actually that’s any sport in general, basketball is just one of my favs to watch.
Each time a shot was missed or there was a bad play, the crowd got louder. They clapped and showed their support, encouraging our team to press on. The coach was standing, calling out, encouraging and correcting all at the same time. He knows his players, their capabilities, what gets them going. He knows the plays, he knows the rules.
Our life, in a way, is like a game of basketball.We are a team – families, friends, church families. Our game is this life. We have opposing teams and we have bad refs. We also can have an off day or an unclear view of our goal. Our fans are those who have played the game before. Our coach is God, who believes above all else we will succeed. We are the players. We have opponents – situations, pressures, expectations that jab at us and press us to our limits. This, at the same time, pushes us to exude our best. Just as the players play harder, we do the same thing – wanting to show our coach we got it, that we have “studied to show [ourselves] approved”. He is standing, ready to send in reinforcements, calling out to us. Just as the players on the court have to tune into their coach’s voice, we have to tune into our “coach’s” voice. We have to listen to his direction, and depend on him to lead us into the right plays that will help us succeed.
Basketball. I love it.
Life. I love it.
1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Just some thoughts from Jenni – Ms. Amplified!