Monday, September 2, 2013

September 2, 2013 - The Right Teammates

I sat in a meeting this morning with the founder of a missions organization discussing strategy and future plans for reaching the world with the Gospel through the platform of sports… It was a great time of fellowship! Each of us left the meeting excited to see what things the Lord is unfolding for us and with decisions to make on how to proceed…

And it got me to thinking about “The Decision” when LeBron took his talents to South Beach… the decision that caused LeBron to face the wrath of fans, fellow players (especially the old timers), the media, etc. The reality is that every decision we make has consequences, both positive and negative; based upon not only the decision but also how we went about it.

First let me say I understand that “how” LeBron went about announcing his decision was not the classiest of moves; yet ESPN had a lot to do with that and also a media crazy world that will devote airtime to even high school athletes announcing their decisions. It is simply the nature of the culture.

Second, I want to dogmatically state that I understand and agree with his decision to play in Miami. I know many are bristling right now; any are stating that their old heroes of the game “didn’t have to switch teams in order to win” or they “weren’t traitors to their teams…” Again times are different and the AAU circuit has developed a travel mentality for players that teaches them to find the strongest squad for the best chances to win leading to the most exposure. And the fact is that the old timers that played on championship teams (Bird, Magic, MJ, etc.) all had great players (Hall of Fame-bound) around them already. DR.J was great (my favorite player) but yet didn’t win the championship until he had the right teammates around him (namely one Moses Malone.) Plus not long before LeBron’s decision to join the Heat, the Celtics put together their “Big 3” and no one complained (at least not to the extent of the with the Heat.)

Simply put LeBron made a decision based upon an age-old principle: If you want to be a winner, hang around winners! And we see the result: three straight trips to the finals and two championships…

And in spite of everything I wrote prior to that last statement, someone is saying, “yeah, but he couldn’t do it on his own!” And for the one saying that… you Sir, are absolutely right!

My meeting this morning was born out of a statement sent to me that said, “Todd, you need to hitch your wagon to us.” In other words we need to consider teaming together to win more. And the Scriptures are clear that I, and you, need to avoid “hitching our wagons” to the wrong type of people but should instead seek to “hitch” to those that are successfully heading in the direction we are trying to go!

Do you want to be successful in your spiritual walk? Are you following the age-old principle of surrounding yourself with spiritual winners? Do you run with those who are running in a Biblical direction? Are you “hitching your wagon” to those that have the same goals as you? Make the right decisions on teammates!

Proverbs 2:20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 12:26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully. For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

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