Monday, February 18, 2013

February 18, 2013 - Good Not Great

What makes a player great? I have often heard a player described as “good-not-great.” So what helps someone get over that threshold?

Obviously each of us would like to be great at what we do. In the sports world there is a constant debate of who is the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time.) [Presently the debate is going on in the NBA to determine if it is possible for LeBron to supplant MJ with that title.]

What is funny is that this topic came to my mind while looking at one of my kid’s progress reports from school. It showed the grades so far in this period for Honors English. There were 6 grades listed to date… 5 of them were 100’s. Yet the overall grade was just an 83, good-but- not-great! The difference was that my son “took a play off” and had a 0 on the other grade…

The greats in any sport are the ones that don’t take a day, or a play, off… they want to win every play – not just the game! They play offense and defense with utmost intensity.

As Christians I fear we are sometimes content to know that in the end we win; and as a result “take too many days/plays off.” We too often forget that we are in a battle called life and that we are warned to not grow complacent.

Ephesians 6:10-20 tells us to “put on the full armor of God so we can take our stand”; it tells us to “be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  [Read this passage!]

Folks, we are in a battle and I need your prayers; you need my prayers… Let’s play hard and pray hard!!!

Pray hard and long…Keep your eyes open… Ephesians 6:18 (The Message)

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