Doing the Right Thing

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

            This past week Vicki and I went to Norman, Shallowater, and Amarillo to watch grandchildren involved in their athletic endeavors.  Norman was for Caitlyn’s volleyball, Shallowater was Lance’s football and Amarillo was for Amayah and Harper’s basketball.  Everybody did well and they all won – sort of.

            Let me explain.  The volleyball and football games kept score.  Both Caitlyn and Lance won their games and did a great job.  It was exciting to be able to watch them and get to see them play.  The basketball game was Amayah and Harper.  They both did a great job as well, but they didn’t keep score.

            You have to understand that they are 4 years old and scoring was a small part of the joy in watching the game.  It was so much fun to watch those kids run up and down the court.  The coaches kept telling them to ‘dribble the ball’, but that didn’t happen very often.

            There were times when they just tucked the ball under their arm and ran to the other end.  Dribbling the ball wasn’t something they really wanted to do.  I will have to say that a couple of the kids from each team did a great job of dribbling and shooting the ball.  All in all it was fun.

            Harper did a great job of shooting the ball but one time she just walked off the court and went to her Dad and said, “I want a drink.”  She wouldn’t go back on the court until she got that drink.  It was hilarious.

            Getting a drink wasn’t Amayah’s issue.  But she would be going down the court and do a cartwheel!  She didn’t do it once or twice either.  I counted at least five times she did a cartwheel on the court while they were playing.

            I recognize that they are just 4 years old, but there are just some things you don’t do while playing the game of basketball.  You don’t just leave the court to get a drink and you definitely don’t do cartwheel’s.  Their team did well and all the kids had a great time.  Since they don’t keep score the only thing that mattered was how well they followed the guidelines set up.

            After I got home, I thought about their game and applied it to the lives of those who have trusted Christ and are now ‘in the game of life.’  There are just some things that if we are going to live our lives for Christ that we must do and some things that we must not do.  I won’t go into everything here, but let me take what Amayah and Harper did to make my point.

            Harper just walked off the court to get a drink.  Amayah did her cartwheels on the court.  As Christians we can’t just stop living for Christ whenever we want and we surely can’t do our own thing.  Either way we have walked away from the calling God has given us.

            In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus shares about discipleship and the demands that it makes on our lives.  One said he would go wherever Jesus went.  Another said he would as well, but he wanted to bury his father first.  A third one just wanted to say good-bye to those at home.

            Then in Luke 9:62, Jesus said to them, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”  Jesus wanted us to know that when we walk with Him it is a commitment that goes beyond our own desires to following His will.

            Harper wanted a drink, Amayah wanted to do cartwheels, I want to spend time with my grandkids and you want to do what it is you have going in your life.  It may not be bad in and of itself, yet we must know that when God calls us He doesn’t want us looking back.  He wants us to surrender ourselves to Him and follow His call.

            Amayah and Harper and each of my grandkids will figure out what they will do in athletics.  As they do, it is my prayer that they also determine the call of God on their lives and then follow that call with their whole hearts.

            It’s okay if you walked off the court or did cartwheels when you were supposed to be playing basketball.  But are you following the call of God on your life as you walk with Him?  Will you follow the call of God on your life as you walk with Him?

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul