The Miami Heat were down 5 points with 28 seconds left in regulation. At this point, I was thinking: “There will never be another Michael Jordan, Lebron James can never match what MJ did.” In my mind, Miami Heat was a big disappointment and it would have been a bittersweet ending to their “Big Three” era. Statistics have shown that Miami had a 1.4% chance of winning that game. It was a very slim chance, indeed a lot of Miami Heat fans already left the building.
However, in a remarkable turn of events, over the next few possessions we find ourselves in a tie-game with less than 5 seconds remaining. It was amazing! It was one of the best games I ever watched in my entire life. That Ray Allen three had me jumping all around the living room! There were just no words. Miami Heat went on the win game 6 and eventually the Finals as well.
All that being said, I think the obvious learning we can get here is that we never quit until the end. We give it our best and leave everything on the floor until that final buzzer sounds. Imagine if Lebron, Ray Allen or Cris Bosh had quit with less than 28 seconds to go? The Spurs would have been champions already, but because of Lebron James’ tenacity and a never say die attitude the Miami Heat are where they are right now: Back-to-Back Champions.
I’m going to apply the same attitude in life. That I will give everything my best shot every single day. I’m going to try to improve more and more and so on and so forth. What’s most important is my faith because there will be a lot of things in this world that will challenge what I believe in. At 26 years old and having been attending and growing in Christ for more than 5 years already there are just times when sometimes it gets routinary. Also, there’ll be storms in life that will hit me which may cause me to want to quit. When faced with these things, what should we do? Paul said in 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith”. My small group leader always told us, that faith is a fight. Just like the NBA Finals sometimes it’s going to be an uphill battle with our life but the question is: Will we keep on fighting until the very end?
The good news is, with Christ we are assured of our victory but will we believe in that promise? Will we keep fighting the good fight of faith? If we give up, maybe just like that NBA Finals, that outcome would have been different. 🙂