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11 April 2011

Wisdom: Hearing AND Following – pt.1

10:13 AM Posted by steve flores , , No comments
This is a difficult post to write.  As a San Antonio Spurs fan, I believe you were taught, early on, to consider the Lakers as an evil team with intentions to destroy the hope and dreams of the Spurs ever becoming NBA Champions...and quite possibly to destroy the earth.  The roots of disdain are deep.  Even as a kid practicing sky hooks (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar specialty) in the backyard, I felt disloyal.  I would end practices with a few finger-roll lay-ups (George Gervin specialty) to bolster my unending commitment and fanaticism for San Antonio.  Yet, I feel the illustration below best communicates the message of the scripture found in Matthew 7:24-27.  So, with a great sense of duplicity, here it goes.  Verse 24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

I think we discover a truth about Jesus’ words:  We are not made wise because we heard what He said.  We are wise when we put His words into practice; when we follow them.  Often, I’ll meet with people who say, “I already know what I need to do,” concerning their missteps of life and my unspoken response, “Then, do it.”  The distance between change and complacency is doing nothing with what you know (or learned) is right.

Imagine you play basketball in a summer league. The season begins in one month.  In the month leading up to the start of the season, the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson arrives to drill the team on plays, shooting, and strategy.  This is exciting, because his reputation and leadership is very well-known.  His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998 and won six NBA titles with Chicago. His next team, the Los Angeles Lakers, he won five NBA titles from 2000 to 2010. In total, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles as a coach.  He currently holds the record for the most championships in NBA history as a player and a head coach So, in the one month you’ve listened to him, you  are more prepared, confident, and feel wise beyond your years.  You definitely know much more than you did had he not taught your summer league team. 

Now, fast forward to first game of the season—it’s game day.  You suit up.  Your heart is racing, but, inside, you feel you hold the advantage over all the other summer league teams.  You’ve gained wisdom from one of the most influential, winningest coaches of the NBA.  You begin your stretching routine and shoot-around until the game begins.  After the warm-up routine, you sit on the bench and wait for the buzzer to ring - the cue to check in and get on the floor; you are a starter.  The buzzer sounds.  You leap off the bench and run to the scorer's table.  Running to the table, you tear away your warm-up pants, to check into the game, but run past the table and head straight to the concession stand.  Everyone is looking at you, especially the coach.  He's wondering what in the world you are doing, because the game is about to start!  You cut to the front of the line and place your order: a hotdog, a large soft drink, and a dill pickle, please.  Then, you take your food to the stands, where you sit, ready to watch the game.  Foolish move, don’t you think?  What about everything you've learned?

To be continued…(will post continuation on Wednesday)

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