Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016 - No One Is Too Big To Play Small!

I love watching players that just have “it”! By “it” I mean the natural feel of the game where they see things that others don’t see and make plays others would never dream about. In the basketball world this is usually something point guards (the little guys) are known for; although you occasionally have “bigs” like Larry Bird or a Lebron James that have “it.” They are “game changers.”

These types of players are more than willing to make the easy pass that spreads the floor, or to “thread the needle” with an amazing pass that carves up the defense. If you have ever played alongside a player like this you realize you better always be ready because they will hit you with passes (literally hit you with them if you are not ready) at times when you yourself do not even realize you are open… These players see the floor, know/see their teammates’ tendencies, and can even read the opponent.

In our Christian lives we are commanded to learn to “see the floor.” Ephesians 5:15 tells us, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise…

Hebrews 10:24 reminds us to “see our teammates”: “And let us CONSIDER one another in order to stir up good works…” (Consider has the idea of intentionally looking for our teammates!)

We are told to “read the opponent” in 1 Peter 5:8: “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up…” (The Message)

Bottom line is that those that have the “it” factor are alert and aware… and intentional “game changers”!

Secondary bottom line: No one is too big to play small! No matter what your position is in life or ministry, the greats have learned to consider those around them! Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.” (The Message)

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