The PBA’s 40th season kicks off on Oct. 19 at the newly-built Philippine Arena in Bulacan, with an explosive header featuring expansion ballclubs KIA Motors and Blackwater pitting skills in the curtain-raiser, followed by the main game between Barangay Ginebra and Talk ‘N Text.
Overseas, the NBA opens its 69th season on Oct. 28 (Oct. 29 in Manila) with the San Antonio Spurs defending their title.
Over the past months, basketball enthusiasts, locally and even NBA fans, have followed the developments of their favorite teams and how they began retooling their respective rosters in their bid to win the championship.
Grand slam champion Mig Super Coffee is one of the busiest PBA teams as of late this offseason, playing a total of seven games in a matter of one month as coach Tim Cone tries to get everyone in the same page in time for the brand new season.
Players from all 12 PBA teams are busy working out, getting their bodies back into game shape, hooking up with conditioning coaches and honing their defensive and offensive skills to ensure they are ready when the season begins.
In all these ongoing basketball activities this offseason, my wife and I joined 85 other married couples last Friday (Oct. 10) for a one-and-a-half-day Victory U-Belt Couples Getaway at BSA Twin Towers in Ortigas. We are thankful because amid their busy schedule, Pastor Joey Bonifacio and his wife Marie took the time to serve as our speakers.
Just as players invest time, resources and effort to get themselves in shape for the brand new season, married couples like us also need to get some fine-tuning and examine how their foundations are in their marriage.
My wife and I are celebrating our 10th year anniversary this December, but even as we push to our “first decade”, we don’t claim that we are “experts” in marriage.
Instead, we, like the other 85 couples who joined the annual “getaway” have to be reminded that our marriage won’t really work apart from “connecting with God and regularly connecting with our spouse”.
Some of the insights we gained through our annual getaway are the following:
- Married couples like us, ONLY GROW as we make Christ the CENTER of our marriage.
- The confidence and security of our kids come from knowing that mom and dad love each other and have a thriving relationship with God.
- To be decisive means LISTENING and OBEYING God’s voice.
- Let God’s word, not people’s opinion, be the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY and STANDARD in every marital decision.
- The best way for “marriage reboot” is by taking the path of FORGIVENESS.
- Asking FORGIVENESS from your spouse or FORGIVING your spouse should be a normal “marital activity” as it fosters greater love, while also showing that Christ is the Lord of our marriage.
As we continue to revisit these insights, our prayer is that our foundations in marriage grow deeper, our love for one another becomes sweeter and above all, our marriage will bring honor and glory to God, the genuine Author of our love life.