“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” Rev. 2:5a
In 1989, the basketball team of the University of Michigan faced off with their rivals from Wisconsin. The game went down to the wire. There were only a few seconds remaining and Michigan trailed by a single point. Rumeal Robinson, Michigan’s finest player, had a penalty shot: two chances to win or send the game into overtime. He missed one, and then the other. Michigan lost, hope snatched from their hands.
It was a shot so simple and fundamental that the shame of missing it could have driven Robinson into despair. But, though he deeply felt his failure, he did not give in. He went back to the basics. After each practice, he stayed and until he made one hundred extra foul shots. He was determined to be prepared for his next opportunity.
It came, but this time during the national championship against Seton Hall. Three seconds on the clock, two chances to score. Both shots went easily through the net and Michigan carried home the title.
Today, few remember those two missed shots early in the season, but many Wolverine fans still recall those graceful two that won them the championship. It all happened because Robinson felt his failure deeply enough to return to the basics -- the things he did when he first loved basketball.
When we take stock of ourselves and see how much we’ve sinned, we are devastated by remorse. But, as Robinson can say, sorrow is worthwhile only if it leads us to take action. If you feel yourself flagging and the weight of your sin weighing you down, return to those actions and emotions which first drew you to Christ. There, you will find Him again.
Your View of God Really Matters…
God wants a relationship with you that enables you to experience His love, power, faithfulness, mercy, presence and forgiveness no matter what comes your way. How is your relationship with Him today? Have you been neglecting the basics? Perhaps it’s reading your Bible or daily prayer, attending Church or tithing. Perhaps it's confessing. Whatever it is, resolve today(with God’s help) to get back to basics. It's so critical. And it's so what we all need to remember.
Read God’s Word Today…
Gal. 3:3 “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”
2 Peter 1:3 "By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence."
Because God is personal, I will get to know Him better every day.
Based on the works of Bill Bright
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