I Started Running Again

I started playing basketball on Tuesday nights again for the last couple of weeks and it has been fun.  I haven’t played in over a year due to a leg injury.  Most of the guys who I am playing with are about 25 to 30 years younger than me.  The first week, my shot was just okay and I gassed out after game 3 and was not much of a factor in the outcome of the last game.  I was tired.  The second week, my shot was even better and I did not run out of steam until game 5.  I can tell that I am progressing and that my stamina is coming back.  I ran the floor with the best of them, dribbled behind my back during one fast break on my way to a layup and I even illustrated the “Dr. J baseline scoop” on a couple of occasions.  The scoop shots were a crowd favorite and elicited shouts from one bystander of “Old man buckets!” every time I scored.  He didn’t get tired of saying it and there were a couple of games where he got to say it a lot.

I have been running during the week to prepare for the games.  I figure it will take about another month before I get back to what I consider being in “good game shape” and being able to run all night, for two hours without getting tired so that I can compete well.  For me, doing well at basketball has always come down to being able to run well.  I am not a natural three point shooter but I can play defense, I can rebound and I can run.  When I think of running well I think of what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24:

1Cor 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

Paul, at this part of the chapter is speaking of the importance of the gospel and living for Christ.  When I think of the effort and the energy and the practice and the pride that I put into running well and winning at basketball, I wonder if I always place the same effort and energy, the same practice and pride into sharing the gospel and living for Christ as I do for playing basketball.  I hope I put more emphasis on my relationship with Christ!  I think I do.  I hope I do.  I pray that I am always concerned about learning God’s word, living God’s word and lovingly sharing it with others.  I pray that I am running the Christian race in such a way that I am winning where it counts.

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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