Category Archives: Sports

Enraptured

Those of you who know me know that I am a tremendous basketball fan.  I must confess that I am totally enraptured by this whole NBA free-agent class.  I am totally amazed at the length to which people and teams have gone to try to woo these basketball superstars to put on their uniform and play for them.  Some of these teams – see the New York Knicks – have sacrificed two entire seasons because someone in the front office has a “man crush” on LeBron James.  Understand I am a basketball fan and I get how good this guy is, but is any player really worth tanking two seasons?  Oddly enough, while I am totally enraptured with this whole free agent thing, I am also a bit repelled by it.  The past week or so has been completely covered with what team made this cartoon to depict LeBron and his friends to help recruit him to play for them.  I mean seriously.  Has there ever been a more publicized courtship in all of American history?  These basketball executives are throwing everything including the kitchen sink and disposal to try to woo this man.  The funny thing is that this whole thing is not much different than a group of middle school boys when a cute new girl moves into their class.  I must confess that I know nothing about being wooed like that, but honestly I am not remotely jealous or envious.  You see, nearly 2000 years ago, God Himself loved me enough to be clothed with flesh to come and die in my place so that I could have a relationship with Him.  Truthfully, He came and died for you, and for the entire world, as well.  While you and I may not be important enough in the world’s eyes to experience such public wooing.  We can always rest assured that God went to greater lengths than we can really imagine to demonstrate His love for you and me.  Now that kind of love is something about which to be enraptured.

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Why Do We Really Care?

I don’t know about you but I have absolutely begun to detest the daily updates on Tiger Woods and his affairs.  Okay, I get the fact that he is without question one of the best golfers of all time.  I get the fact that he is one of, if not the most, dominant and recognizable people in our world today.  I get the fact that the man has enough money to buy a small Central American nation.  What I simply don’t get is our utter fascination with this whole deal.  I know the guy gave the appearance of being “sweaky clean” and obviously was not.  In spite of this why are we so fascinated by this man’s complete and public fall? 

I have a theory.  My theory is that we have a sick desire to see others fall.  Somehow we feel better about ourselves if we see others fall.  It is as though we need to compare ourselves to others and so long as we measure up to them then we feel better about ourselves.  We all have junk in our lives – you know, that stuff that we stop doing whenever someone comes in the room or that we hope that no one ever finds out about.  Yet, so long as they have more junk and their junk is messier than ours, we feel as though we measure up.  Rather than focusing on how we can allow God to work in our lives to transform us, we prefer to let others fall back down to us.  The funny thing is that God doesn’t grade our lives on a curve.  He doesn’t measure our lives against Tiger Woods or anyone else around us.  Instead, God measures our lives against the standard of Jesus Christ.  Jesus alone lived a perfect life and none of us measure up to that standard.  Instead of reveling in the fall of others, let’s live our lives in amazement of the incredible love that God displayed by sending Jesus to die for us.  Instead of wondering why Tiger did whatever he did, let’s spend some time with God so that we may not walk down the same path.