A one point victory for North Carolina brought last night’s thrilling game between Oregon and North Carolina to the end of this year’s Final Four.
Tomorrow night we will watch the final game as Gonzaga and North Carolina face off for the coveted title. The best of the best. We will have a new NCAA men’s basketball champion for 2017.
We’ve all grown to love and feel as if we’ve come to know many of these college boys as they’ve played their hearts out before us this past month in our hometowns, on the big screens at our favorite eateries and drinkeries, or from the comforts of our own couches within our homes.
We’ve watched with the greatest of anticipation, cheering on our favorite teams, as the 68 teams that began in March Madness soon became the Sweet 16 then the Final Four. Many games so close you could feel the agony of defeat. Many of us choosing our brackets with the greatest of thought and deliberation. Feeling their pain as our teams fell from the contest and our brackets crumbled.
I wonder if that’s how God feels sometimes. He builds His teams of faithful warriors ready to take on the world in battle. The best of the best. He’s coached us all in the way to win. Except this end prize is much greater than just your name on a trophy or basketball title, but rather involves your name in a book that holds a place in eternity. Like a few of the players we have witnessed live on TV, He must shed a tear or two as He witnesses one of his warriors fall from his place of victory and crumble.
Let’s all train well as if we are playing our hearts out for a coveted title. Because we are. The final victory is God’s. In just a few short weeks we will all celebrate that victory.as we honor the best of the best. Jesus Christ. The man that gave his life for ours. It’s called Easter.
May the best team in men’s college basketball win tomorrow night. I thank God the best team already has won in life! I’m so thankful I’m on that team! How about you?
I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Love and laughter,