Yesterday was a great day for sports fans everywhere, ok maybe just California. The Golden State Warriors broke a record for regular season wins that may never be broken again. The Los Angeles Lakers said good~bye to one of the greatest of all time Kobe Bryant. And the Dodger bullpen didn’t screw up a lead and won the game against the Diamondbacks of Arizona. Ok some of those are not equal achievements but they are achievements just the same.

The Warriors 73 win season means they lost only 9 games. That right there is ridiculous. Single digit loss record in a competitive league?! Come on, love them or hate them you have to tip your hat to them. Kobe Bryant, 20 years in the league, 5 time Champion, Olympic Gold medalist, 81 points in a single game, 3rd all time scorer, 15 years all NBA…the list goes on, oh and did i mention he didn’t go to college?! Yep drafted right out of High School into the NBA. And the Dodgers bullpen yesterday was able to maintain a lead and win the game, that is quite the miracle this year.

All these great achievements, that i as a sports fan can really enjoy. i am a competitor, i have played, coached and cheered teams on to victory, to championships, to records. Humans by nature are competitive. Its no wonder that Paul, writes to the Corinthian Church:

“24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT

The Author of Hebrews wrote this:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

Its ok to enjoy sports, its ok to celebrate victory and achievement but these Championships will fade, and records will be broken. However, it is necessary to focus on Jesus, He is the author and finisher of our faith…He is the same, yesterday, today and forever! Lets together focus on Jesus!

You are Loved,

cj

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