As I write about basketball, life, and faith on a regular basis, one would think that I would catch every moment of the NBA Playoffs. Unfortunately, with a hectic work schedule, I haven’t been able to catch much. A few glimpses of the Spurs, the most fascinating team left in the playoffs, is about all I’ve been able to get. As I was catching quick recaps, though, I was struck by the fact that the Miami Heat are once again on the verge of advancing to the Championship round. And while I may get tired of hearing about LeBron James’ dominance, it gave me a sense that not much has changed in the NBA. In fact, we can pretty much count on LeBron being in the finals. So, as we prepare for Miami to close-out the Pacers and we watch the rest of the Western Conference Finals to see if the Spurs can return for a rematch with the Heat, please go back with me and consider some of the lessons we drew from last year’s NBA Finals and Semi-Finals:
FAITH – It Never Changes
We could be looking at a rematch between the Heat and the Spurs, and while I didn’t have a chance to see it, I had a sense that the Heat were taking care of business. In the same way, God is always taking care of business, whether we realize it or not. It becomes so easy to get distracted and to focus on the wrong things in life. We fret, we compare, and we complain. We worry and we grow weary, but God’s love remains constant and God’s word never changes:
The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:7-8)
I’ll just leave it at that. Life is complicated and we get caught up in a lot of different things, but take it to heart, that God is eternal. That thought has helped me in recent days and I pray that it gives you comfort as well!