Here’s the honest truth: I’m a college basketball fanatic & in my opinion, the most wonderful time of the year is March Madness when 68 of the best college teams compete in a huge tournament that lasts almost three weeks. I’ve been watching March Madness tournaments for decades & my husband proposed to me during half time of a March Madness game.
Through a miraculous series of “coincidences”, I was able to go to the Final Four & championship game this weekend. And it was nothing less than THOROUGHLY EPIC!!!
What continues to astound me is the extravagant & logic defying love of God to me for getting to go to this event. March Madness has nothing to do with the Bible, nor helping babies whose moms are prostitutes or doing some kind of ministry. I thoroughly enjoy college basketball & getting to attend these games was entirely over the top – a massive expressions of genuine love to me that I didn’t earn, or deserve. And that’s how God loves us, full stop. We don’t deserve nor can we earn this love & yet God loves us with an extravagance & opulence that defies explanation. And all I can say is, “Thank You!”
God loves you w the same quality of extravagance & opulence, full stop 🙂
I’m a wannabe basketball player. Having watched the NCAA men’s basketball championship last night, I’m all the more convinced that I’m a mere wannabe when it comes to playing basketball.
I also wannabe other things, but nothing more than a genuine follower of Jesus, full stop. And for this goal, I have endless hope for the sole reason that Jesus has given me the Holy Spirit, as my Helper, in this supreme goal. Indeed, the closer I draw to the Holy Spirit:
the more I make choices that reflect Jesus,
my conversations are filled with truth & love,
my perspective changes to a divine outlook rather than filtered by my flesh.
Would you join me in this adventure to be a Jesus wannabe?
Gal 4:19, ” . . . until Christ be formed in you.”
I used to coach basketball & it was one of the most enjoyable things that I’ve ever experienced! The girls I coached were totally AWESOME! They worked really hard, wanted to excel and win, they were smart & totally committed. Getting to coach these athletes was nothing less than a total privilege for me that I relish more than 20years later! As I think about coaching, it reminds me about how Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would be our teacher, aka coach. Here are some important things to think about with the Holy Spirit as our coach:
one of the best values of receiving coaching is real time learning – the Holy Spirit is ever present to coach us in our daily living
coaches see our potential when we’re mired in growing – the Holy Spirit knows how we are designed (our DNA) & knows the best ways to develop our potential
coaching happens with verbal communication, modeling & persistence – the Holy Spirit speaks with us, points us to Jesus as our example and never gives up on us
coaching has the best value with failure and defeat & the most enjoyment with success and victory – the Holy Spirit coaches us through failures and celebrates successes with us every day 🙂
When I was in high school, I played basketball & I TOTALLY loved getting to play!! I enjoyed everything about basketball but most of all, I loved playing in games. In contrast, I didn’t enjoy sitting on the bench nearly as much as playing – after all, we spent hours practicing so that we could be useful & add value in the games.
In a similar way, let’s give Jesus access to “play” & participate in our daily living, rather than benching Jesus & only letting Him play on Sunday’s or during appropriate religious events 🙂
Let’s also not keep Jesus as a spectator in our lives but rather an invited, welcomed & integrated into every prt of each day!
My daughter’s basketball game was postponed on Thurs night because of weather complications, so I’ve got some time to work on my self-control efforts (her next game isn’t until Dec). In the meantime, watch this video for how I think about myself with basketball (laugh, laugh, chuckle, chuckle)
I went to my daughters basketball game & embarrassed myself pretty well. Thankfully, my daughter isn’t stressed out & she enjoyed getting to play & have some fun with her team, which is great. In the meantime, I need help. I need to get some help on how to enjoy her games without getting so massively competitive. Of course I want to attend her games & of course I don’t want to be that freak parent who can’t control themselves. So I’m working with God in this new area. I’m asking for God to give me help, self-control, discipline, strength & grace.
Lets always be open to exploring new opportunities to trust & lean into God.
She has another game tomorrow night, so I’ll keep you posted ,)
One of my daughter’s friends had a basketball game last night & we we able to go, watch & cheer. These kinds of games bring back lots of different memories for me because I used to coach both jr & sr high school girls basketball. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching, but was also too competitive & I lived in the shortcomings of being too competitive (rash words, impatience, self-centered & more). Last night, I found myself again being vocal & probably too competitive.
Do you ever have those areas in your life where you tend to struggle??? Here are some thoughts about how to deal with these areas:
avoidance – for years I never coached because I didn’t have the opportunity; now I think I didn’t coach because God knew that this weak spot can be a downfall for me
celebrate progress – over the last year, I’ve been around coaching a bit more. My celebration is that even though I’m not where I need to be, at least I’m not as bad as I was 🙂
accountability – last night I sat around some friends who would tell me to tone it down & I’m grateful for their help!
honesty – a problem that is ignored or downplayed won’t get better
be thankful – I’m grateful to God for helping me to grow, mature & become more like Christ through the power & presence of the Holy Spirit