For those of you who are NBA junkies, the playoffs have just started. The favorites are the Houston Rockets (65-17), the Toronto Raptors (59-23), the Golden State Warriors (58-24), and the Boston Celtics. (55-27) Being born and raised in California, I am naturally rooting for the Warriors and Steph Curry. Anyway you slice it, this time of the year is when the NBA is most exciting to watch. The tallest men in all of sports running up and down the court at break neck speed with the outcome of the games many times culminating in a last second shot (buzzer beater). Below is the bracket for the playoffs with the NBA finals schedule for May 31st. It should be an exciting series of match ups between the best teams.
Any time our favorite teams are playing we can get emotionally involved in the game. Just watch the fans at any game and you can see their hair trigger emotions. That’s fun and great for sporting events but doesn’t work well in life. If we live by our emotions, we will live on the edge of our seats most of our life. How many times do we say things like “I don’t feel like it” or “that’s not my thing”. It can be very distracting, trusting our emotions. Better than that, lets trust in God’s word. When God says that we should not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, lets make sure we go to church even if we don’t feel like it. When God says love our enemies, lets pray for those who are estranged from God and headed for a Christ-less eternity. When God says love your wife the way Christ loves the church, do it! So many marriages end up in divorce because couples trust their feelings rather than God.
Finally, sear some memory verses into your brains. Here’s a good one about trust, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5) While it’s good to be emotionally charged for you favorite team’s playoff game, leave the emotions of life behind and trust in the Word of God.