I was able to watch the Sparta Bulldogs play in two regional games this week. The first was against a scrappy Red Bud team that was out played but wouldn’t give up and at a moment of triumph they were bringing the ball down to close the gap to one or tie when David Sams came out of no where to steal the ball and take it back the other way to increase the lead to 5 with little time to play.
The other game was the regional final pitting the Bulldogs against the Panthers of Pickneyville. Now it was a Pickneyville team that had the advantage. They were a much taller team, but that strength was not able to quench the fighting spirit of the Bulldogs. They went down to defeat with heads held high giving it all they had.
It is this spirit of giving your all that needs to be a part of all of our lives. That same desire to do your best under all circumstances needs to be a part of the classroom, the job, the marriage and not just the playing field or court.
We live in a “whatever” generation. The previous generation to the current hip one could be summed up by the saying: “I want more for me now”. We have to search hard for the exceptional student who gives their all in the classroom or the exceptional worker who gives their all for a wage. What I saw in those young men giving their all on the basketball court, needs to be normal, not exceptional in our regular lives.
Have we lost this desire to excel and do our best in the regular lives that most of us live? If we ever had it where did it come from? The answer is that it came from God. Here are two scriptures:
Col 3:23-25 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Eccl 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might;
When we marginalize God, faith, church, religion; you can pick your words, we lose what God wants to bring into our lives. We never have been a nation where everyone was a Christian, living their life “as to the Lord”. But, we have been a nation where the people who did believe that were able to bring their beliefs into the public arena and have an impact upon the greater society.
Revival is a time when people return to the Lord. That return restores the dignity of living a life “as to the Lord” and allows all of us to give our all in the lives we live.
Jesus said in: John 10:10…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. Living life “as to the Lord” is living an abundant life. The first part of that scripture says: John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
Has the thief (the devil) stolen your desire to live life “heartily”?