Like it is your last.

So I’ve been given the opportunity to speak briefly to the Varsity Basketball guys as they prepare for district play.

I’ve been wondering what I could possibly say to help motivate them to play their best and for the glory of God alone.

Well I came across perhaps one of my favorite passages, Matthew 6:30-34:

30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

As I began to reflect on my own basketball career, I realized that often times I left too much on the table. Here Matthew writes “do not worry about tomorrow”, and often times I worried about the future more than the present.  I didn’t take the time to realize what God was doing in my life in that moment.

Honestly, I can relate this to the game of basketball.  Every game is a clean slate. Every game should be played like it is the last.  Giving everything you got every game can have incredible results.  It took me a while last year to realize it, and I still have not fully grasped the concept to the fullest.

Whether it be basketball, studying the Word, or reaching out to others, we need to give it our fullest everyday like it is the last time.

We aren’t guaranteed another day, or even another second; so we need to make the best of what we do have, the present.

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