I love basketball!! The NBA Finals are hands down, my favorite sporting event. This year’s teams, the Miami Heat vs. the Dallas Mavericks produced a nail biter on Thursday night. Following the entire hullabaloo with Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, even non Heat fans have been following their story. The three deciding to use their free agent status to join forces and make a run for the title together was controversial to say the least.
I was just about to turn the television off on Thursday night when it appeared as if the Heat had the win one more time
I had rushed to judgment because with 7:14 minutes left in the game, the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat nearly every odd with a 95-93 victory over the Heat.
One newscaster referred to the victory as “the miracle in Miami.” With such a powerful threesome playing in Miami, few would have predicted such a turnaround.
Many have speculated that Lebron might be the best player to ever play the game of basketball. Some have even suggested that he will pass Michael Jordan, though I personally beg to differ.
Miami is a good team, but they are heavily dependent on Lebron, Chris and Dwayne almost exclusively. Dallas on the other hand has at least 7 of the top players in the country. Beside the number of star players, the spirit of the teams is different. Dallas approaches the game much more like a team, with the Heat feeling like a three man show.
It’s never about just one. I wonder if the mighty three thought about the other talent on the team, or did they have the attitude that they could win by themselves? And perhaps they will, but when I saw Wade lying on the floor looking like “what the heck!” I have to wonder. Dirk Nowitzki seemed to come out of nowhere, I think he surprised himself. What a game!
So often we assume that someone is more positioned for success than we are. It seems that they have everything it would take to win. We have to be careful because that kind of toxic thinking can stifle our efforts to move into our victory. But if we believe that we can, and we have the faith that we can, just like Dallas, we can achieve our dreams regardless of what it looks like.
Philippians contains one of my favorite verses; it simply reminds us to place our focus appropriately. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV), 13. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what are ahead, 14. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
I have no idea who will take this series and I will be glued to my television set, if God say the same. But I will remember the lesson that is much more important than our taking matters into our own hands assuming that we know best; but to pray, trust and believe that our victory lies in our faith.
May the best team receive the victory.
Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more columns by Tanya Wilson.
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