Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011 - Rise To The Challenge!

If it is true that suffering and trials produces character and strength then my son Clay should turn out to be quite a man! He has faced a lot this school year, but this past weekend topped it all off.

Clay loves basketball and has been blessed as of late to be playing for the Carolina Surge, a traveling showcase team. This team is scheduled to play in NCAA certified tourneys in front of many college scouts.

They were playing in their third tourney of the year this past weekend at Clemson University. (The team did great, winning the 16U division. Way to go Surge!) Yet Clay’s highlight reel consisted of around 1 minute of play ending with his knee giving out on him on a fast break and him rolling to the floor in agony.

This morning we went to see the orthopedic surgeon to hear the news that Clay’s anterior cruciate ligament is torn. This means he will have surgery; will miss the rest of his AAU season; will miss the beginning of his junior season; etc. It is an expected 8 month recovery.

Rehab is going to be very difficult. It will at times be frustrating. It will be slow. Yet the end goal of being back on the floor to play ball will spur him on! (I have had 4 knee surgeries. After the first 2 I worked very hard toward my recovery because I was looking forward to playing again. After the last 2 I didn’t work very hard, at times even cheating on my sets, because I had no goal of competitive ball.) I am sure Clay will circle a time on his calendar to be ready to suit up again.

You see when we are truly excited about something it motivates us. Clay will faithfully put forth effort. He will rise to the challenge.

Yesterday we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ! What a glorious day of the year it is. Not just because of how amazing it is but also because of what it means to us. I spent time preaching from 1 Corinthians 15 about the relevance of the resurrection. It is our hope. It is our assurance. It is our victory.

In that passage the Apostle Paul defends the resurrection via eye witnesses and changed lives; he logically lays out the importance of the resurrection; and he turns into a cheerleader that reminds us of victory! Then comes the important word “therefore.”

Because of the truth of the resurrection we should be motivated and encouraged to rise to the challenge to minister here on earth!

1 Corinthians 15: 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Jesus rose again!!!!!!! We will be resurrected! Therefore rise to the challenge!

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