Of PBA players and lessons we can glean from our bitter past ?>

Of PBA players and lessons we can glean from our bitter past

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James Yap, flashing his Finals MVP during the 2014 season after leading San Mig (now Star) to the grand slam title.

Winning a championship in the PBA is definitely not easy.

Close to 170 players are listed in regular rosters during each season, but only 14 will be fortunate enough to be called champions every PBA conference.

Big-name PBA stars like James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Marc Pingris, Jayson Castro, Ranidel de Ocampo, June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos among others have won multiple championships during their checkered pro careers.

But all of them will admit that winning at least one PBA title in their career is never easy.

It takes hours of hard work in the gym, hours of working out with individual trainers and hours of repetition to get better as an athlete.

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San Miguel celebrating after its historic comeback from a 0-3 deficit to win the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup title for the 2nd straight season.

Other than just building muscles and improving one’s agility, of equal importance is developing strong mental fortitude.

Why? Because only 14 players will bask in the spotlight and be called champions at the end of each conference. The other 14 will end up runners-up after slugging it out with their opponents in the Finals.

But players who fail to win the championship can’t just sulk in defeat forever.

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They may do some soul searching, cry in defeat, learn the lessons from that bitter experience and move on.

In life, we also need to learn to move away from our past.

We all have good and bad memories since our childhood days, but God wants us NOT to camp on our bitter past.

Instead, He wants us to learn from our bitter life experiences and our mistakes, before moving forward — this time, wiser and with a renewed hope and better character.

Here’s the Message translation of James 1:2-4, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

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