The San Antonio Spurs did it again, shocking the basketball world and doing what few thought possible, winning a playoff series against Houston without their two best players. Not just winning, but blowing away the Rockets on the Rockets home court by a record amount. No one saw this coming.
I love the Spurs not just because they win a lot, but how they win and how they so often provide such great life lessons in the process.
As I often do, I try to analyze what the Spurs do and find the parallel principles that I can apply to life. The lesson from the win last night was pretty profound, simply trust and obey. It's like that old gospel hymn, trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
I can imagine coach Pop telling his players before the game that if you trust our system and your teammates and do what we've told you to do, follow the game plan, we can win even without Kawhi and Tony. You all have certain abilities, great skills or you wouldn’t be playing for the Spurs. And the coaches have put you in position to win. If you play hard and smart and follow the game plan, you will win! Just trust, obey and play! And what a great motto for life in Christ also!
Jesus said I've come to give you, not just an ordinary life but extraordinary, abundant life. This is a life of joy, fullfillment, significance and contentment. I've given you all you need to succeed. You are a masterpiece, created to do good works that I've already prepared for you to do and given you the skill and ability to do them (Ephesians 2:10). Now if you would just trust me, follow me, obey the instructions I give you, you will experience that victorious, abundant life. Proverbs 16:20 – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
I know that the playoffs are not over. Am I saying that the Spurs are guaranteed a championship? There is no guarantee. They certainly won’t be the favorites against the Golden State Warriors. And chances are they won’t win. Even when we trust and obey, victory over every battle is no certainty. The Spurs won’t win every championship and just like in life, this fallen world has a way of knocking us down at times. However, if we trust and obey, especially in the difficult times when we've been knocked down, received a set back like losing our best player, we can turn a sure loss into an incredible victory. Trust, obey and go play!