The Golden State Warriors, the NBA’s newly-crowned 2014-15 NBA champions, have a lot in common with the National University Bulldogs, last season’s UAAP men’s cage champs.
Both squads have long been favorite whipping boys of the NBA and the UAAP, respectively.
Both squads had to endure decades of losing performances, having been beaten black and blue by their opponents, year in and year out.
But there comes a point when enough is enough.
On October 2014, the NU Bulldogs ended 60 years of fruitless campaign by capturing their first UAAP men’s basketball title since 1954, subduing the Far Eastern University Tamaraws in a gripping Finals series.
The Bulldogs did it, not by outgunning their opponents, but through sheer hardwork, determination and unquestionable team defense.
Meantime, the Warriors’ 40-year chase for an NBA crown ended Wednesday (Manila time) when they vanquished LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-2 in the Finals.
Featuring a young team led by regular season MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and backstopped by Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and David Lee, the Warriors, who won a season-best 67 wins, played with great resolve and tremendous team work to beat a Cavs side, that relied a lot on James during much of the playoffs.
The Warriors and the Bulldogs – teams that, for decades, had been in familiar territory as cellar-dwellers, finally called themselves champions in their respective leagues.
Like Golden State and NU, some of us could easily identity with the forgettable pasts of these two basketball teams after being beaten black and blue by the harsh realities of life.
Maybe you’ve long been reduced to a mere punching bag by vices, where you can’t seem to say no anymore to an extra pack of cigarettes or drugs.
Perhaps, you wonder if you could still wake up and face another day of discouragement and negativity in your family.
Probably, the seemingly endless financial trials have left you feeling disillusioned with life.
Whatever it is that you are facing today, God has a way out and He’s determined to use life’s setbacks and discouragements as His way to strengthen and prepare you for your future.
Life’s trials and challenges don’t come as ‘accidents in disguise’.
A passage in Romans 8:28 puts our difficulties and trials in life into Divine perspective – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
In God’s eyes, we’re not losers because He can turn our “down times” into our greatest victories as we learn to trust His purposes and plans for our lives.