We often hear talk or read opinions of the Most Valuable Player of a team or a league. Obviously that talk now is about who the NFL MVP; and discussions underway at the halfway point of the NBA season as to who the guy; and discussions about college basketball’s Player of the Year…
These debates always lead to discussion about the criteria for choosing the MVP; is it the guy with the best offensive stats? Should a defensive specialist be considered? Is it the guy that is most indispensable to his team? Is it the guy that leads his team to a title?
I have my opinions as well and it is fine for we as the fans to praise players; just not right as a player to seek that praise – instead just play hard and be valuable to your team!
Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
Not only is it a good time of the year to be reminded about MVP races, but it is also a good time of the week (Mondays) for me to get inspiration for devotions from Sunday messages… Yesterday as our pastor finished up a series encouraging us to “Get Fit” (spiritually), he encouraged us to “weigh in” as a church and as individuals. His big idea came down to what I felt was a very relevant question for all of us to ask:
When I am gone, will I be missed? In other words, am I making a difference? Am I leaving a mark on my world? Am I reaching people with love and truth? Am I truly valuable to those around me?
There is much ink in the Scriptures reminding us that we are all part of the team – “one body” – and need to play our part. (See Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12) Are you serving in your role – doing your part?
1 John 3:18 tells us this: My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. (The Message)
It is time to be a difference maker on the “court” of life!
Get in the game and get busy!