We are blessed to have ESPN Basketball Analyst, Jimmy Dykes, share today as our guest blogger.
This past weekend, I was watching a college football game, when a coach was asked at halftime, “How does the loss of your starting quarterback affect you?” The coach answered quickly, “nothing changes,” and walked away.
Maybe that coach was not completely honest, maybe he was. But the thought did occur to me that we often find the value we place on something, after it is gone. If that is true, how would you answer this question if asked at this point of your life:
“If there was no Jesus, how would it affect you?”
Would anything really change? Would how you live your life be altered at all? Other than a possible weekly routine of going to church, would your life really be different?
Before rushing to a quick answer, think about it… If there was no Jesus available for the rest of your life, would it really make a difference? Or would your answer be just like that head coach’s…”nothing changes”?
If that starting quarterback truly was a difference maker, and that coach was able to be completely honest in his answer, you would expect the response to be something other than, “nothing changes.” You would expect words like:
- Everything is different,
- he was our hope,
- our leader,
- our difference maker,
- everything we did was centered around him,
- if we don’t have him….we really have no chance,
- we could afford to lose anything else, but not him.
A coach would never say that on national TV for obvious reasons, but I have to think at times, that would be their honest, authentic response.
What would be our honest authentic response? Is Jesus really our difference maker, hope, leader? Is everything we do centered on Him? If we did not have Him, would we really have a chance? Could you afford to lose anything except Him?
Take time to think about this question. Then think back over the course of the past 2 weeks. Is there enough evidence in your life to support your answer? Is Jesus more than just another player to you? Or would your answer honestly be, “nothing changes,” and then slowly walk away?
God Bless, Jimmy Dykes