God’s Word for Today: Value
1Timothy 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
Last night, I had the privilege of playing a few “pickup” games of basketball. The have named these Sunday night games at the High Scholl gym, “Old man’s ball”. I don’t believe the name fits the total description of the actual age group present. There was a range in age from 14 years old on up to early 30s. In my book, that is far from old man. I, on the other hand, fit the title very well.
Last year, I participated in these same basketball games. It had been many years since I had done much, with the orange spherical object associated with a slightly bigger orange hoop containing a white net type hanging apparatus. Somewhere in the years gone by, the basket is higher, the ball less controllable, and my ability to reach vertical heights limited.
My goal last go round, and again last night, was two fold. First, I had to survive the 2 hours of continual up and down the perfectly polished wood floor. The second was to actually add some value to the game. I accomplished the first goal. And, believe it or not, my muscles are not voicing mutiny today.
The value part is still questionable. Did I make a few baskets? Well yes. Was my performance in the positive? Did I make more of a contribution than a detriment? That question is still probably up for grabs. Similar to a few of my passes.
What I found entertaining about last nights’ basketball experience was the communication between my brain and my extremities. I still had the mindset of a very accomplished basketball player with skills beyond the normal defensive stops. But, my “old man” body had a different outlook. Every time my brain gave the order to run, jump, twist, turn, weave, and juke, my body took its sweet time processing the orders. Typically, there was a considerable delay. Somewhat similar to stepping on the accelerator of an old school car that still contains a carburetor. If not tuned right, there is a delay before any acceleration takes place. I really wanted to add value to the game. I had a desire to contribute. I felt the need to command respect for my abilities. I now believe they let me have a couple of glorious moments just because these youth’s mom taught them to be kind to their elders.
Our Christian walk can be very similar to my attempts at basketball. We really want to do well. Our heart knows that God is good. We have a built in desire, to add value to our time on earth. And, we have a hunger for acknowledgement and praise. Someone needs to say “You did well.”
But maybe it has been a few years since your last journey along the Jesus trail. You are a bit out of shape. Your Bible is somewhere tucked away and a hint of dust has gathered. Now, everything is a little rusty. Time to get back in shape. What really is godliness anyway?
Today, know that your journey here on this earth is like a series of basketball games. You win some, you lose some. If you step away from the game for a while, even a few years, you can always come back. You might be out of shape and lost your physical edge, but your heart takes you to the right place. You have been, are now, and always will be valuable to the plan God has for you. Simply, get back in the game……
Prayer: Dear Lord, the recruiter, coach, and general manager of my life. Thank you for giving me a chance to play. Forgive me for when I have stepped away from your team to follow my own false dreams. I need some help God, to get back in shape. I cling to the value you have placed in my abilities, for now and forever. In Jesus’, whose value to my forgiveness is the ultimate, name I pray. Amen and amen.