Foundation. It’s one important aspect in life that is just too hard to ignore.
That was our topic during my brief talk with Alaska rookie point guard Raffy Reyes just before their game against Meralco in Game Two of their Philippine Cup best-of-three quarterfinals series today (Friday).
Reyes was sharing to me how thankful he was to have learned the foundations of the game at a very young age. His dad, the former national player and PBA star Elmer Reyes, was a dependable gunner during his prime in the 1980s till the mid 1990s and he has learned a lot from his dad during his growing years.
The former UE guard said his quickness, dribbling skills and court vision are three of his biggest assets now that he is playing in the PBA.
But he continued by saying, he would never have reached this far if he never really made an effort to keep himself grounded on the foundations of the game like dribbling, shooting with the right form, passing and most of all, maintaining an attitude of learning.
And that talk led me to share to him Luke 6:46-49 which says, 46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
One main thought on these four verses.
- Laying the right foundation is important – I was telling Reyes that playing in the PBA sometimes can give him a false sense of security. Since he now earns a six-digit salary. At times, that can give him the idea that “I can live comfortably, be happy and do whatever I want.”
But having that kind of mentality runs in contrast to what Jesus was saying in verse 48, for Jesus said to dig deep and lay our foundation on the rock.
A nice, thriving career, driving a decent car or earning hundreds of thousands of pesos in a month are great, but Jesus was saying, they won’t give you a rock-solid security in life for these things won’t last.
Injury can ruin an athlete’s career. Money can be wasted if spent unwisely. And a nice car today may fade by constant use.
Yet, a life completely anchored on Christ gives you the security that only He can give.