“The game of life is like basketball. It can’t be played alone.” -Unknown
Truth is.. we cannot truly succeed in this life, thriving off of our own power and strength one hundred percent of the time. Reality tells us that we need each other. However, life happens when we least expect it. And, we often learn the hard way, that we can’t always depend on other people to catch us when we fall. The good news is, there is always someone waiting on the sidelines, cheering us on as we play the game.
Without God, I can do nothing. I have learned that through life experiences. I have had my share of heartaches and disappointments and have not always had the best attitude. We cannot control all the negative things that may happen to us, but what we can control is how we react to it. Guess what else.. Whenever we go through something tough, it’s never just for us. It’s so that we can breakthrough on the other side and help someone else do the same.
So, if life is a game, and clearly we need each other, then the first step is to master the art of winning. How do we win at this game called life? How do we manage to have a positive attitude despite our gloomy circumstances? When opposition hits, it is up to us to make the best out of it. Easier said than done, yes. That is why we must have a game plan.
What sensible basketball team goes to play the game unprepared when they have a championship on the line? They don’t. They come prepared, in shape, physically and mentally healthy and with a game plan. Ready to go. The most successful teams, like the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, leave all they have on the floor. Each and every night of the 2013 NBA Finals, the Heat and the Spurs gave it their all. You could tell that both teams wanted to win, because it was a close game every time. In fact, it came down to the final seconds of game 7 in the series. LeBron James was quoted saying, “It’s human nature. I want to go down as one of the greatest. I want our team to go down as one of the greatest teams. And we have an opportunity to do that. Hasn’t been many peoples to win back-to-back championships. It’s hard. It’s the hardest thing” (LeBron James, Courtesy of Yahoo Sports). Likewise, as long as we are alive, we have an opportunity to fight the fight of our lives everyday. We have the opportunity to make the best of what we have everyday, and to help someone else along the way as well.
We don’t have to play the game of life alone. We have family, friends, co-workers, and etc. But, we know that they can let us down sometimes. Still, we don’t have to play this game of life alone. We have.. God. He should forever and always be our game plan. If we put our life, desires, and future plans into his hands and trust him completely, then we are set for success. No, it’s not always going to be easy, but it is the best game plan we could possibly have. I mean, why play it alone, when he’s right there, ready to help, ready to cheer us on? I encourage you to make Jesus Christ your game plan. I promise you, you will always win. He just wants to help you win a battle that is already won, if you just trust in him completely.
1 Peter 5:7, Casting your cares upon him, for he careth for you.
Psalms 55:22, Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.
“Success is not a harbor but a voyage with it’s own perils to the spirit. The game of life is to come up a winner, to be a success, or to achieve what we set out to do.” – Richard M. Nixon
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