There are a number of great sports in the world some claiming to be national sports to particular countries or regions. Personally of all the sports that we participate in in the United States, none is more truly American and worthy of our participation than that uniquely Canadian-American designed game created by Presbyterian Minister, teacher, coach, and YMCA worker Dr. James Naismith. The game continues to evolve front Naismith’s original 13 rules, but the basics are the same.
If there is a sport played in heaven, basketball might just be it. After all, what other sport has goals that are up in the air and not actually on the playing field? Is not this like Paul talking about reaching the goal of heaven (Phil 3:12ff)? In basketball do teams “press” on through the oppositions’ pressure. In basketball you must be vigilant to the schemes of your adversary. And most Biblically, basketball may have its stars, but it is truly a team sport. Successful teams cannot rely on a single player. Teams must work in unity as a body having the same mind.
This observation of the body is one that became very personal during a small pick-up game this week. Suffice it to say, that when my knee complained during the game, I had to stop. The past few days have had me limping and wincing. Thanks to a steroid shot to the knee, I am much better today. This personal experience reminded me of 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, where Paul takes a few moments to compare the church to a body. In summary, Paul says each part has a role, some more visible and some less obvious. Some roles seem more valuable than others, but each role has value to the body. Back to basketball. When I played in Jr. High and High school the bookkeeper kept up with fouls, points, shooting percentages and assists. This with high numbers of assists may not get their name in the paper, but if not for those selfless individuals passing the ball at the right moment, others could not score. My personal highest scoring game came in 10th grade when I would break to the basket and a fellow player would feed me the ball right at the goal.
This week however, I remembered 1 Cor 12:26, “If one member suffers, all suffer together.” my departure from the game ended the game. My knees rebellion made walking difficult for me and now my hip hurts from having to literally take up the slack for my knee.
What do you think?