Ah the playoffs!
It’s been close to a month since the NBA Playoffs kicked off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers, two squads which finished with the best records, leading 14 others teams in the march towards collaring the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.
The NBA Playoffs is a far different playing field compared to the pre-season or the regular season, which featured 82 grueling games.
The atmosphere in the Playoffs is definitely different. The crowd is wilder. The fans much, much more involved. Just look at the sea of red that trooped to the United Center to root for the Chicago Bulls when they clashed with the Boston Celtics, the reigning champions during the first round.
Though the Bulls eventually lost in seven gripping games, no doubt, the Chicago fans made a huge impact in building the confidence of the young Windy City outfit. A team that featured future NBA stars like Derrick Rose, John Salmons, among others.
Surprises didn’t end there. The Playoffs also unveiled a much-improved Houston Rockets—a team already missing resident star Tracy McGrady for the remainder of the season.
As if that’s not enough, 17-year veteran Dikembe Mutombo went down with a playoff and later on, career-ending injury in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers. Then, Yao Ming followed suit in Game 3 in the second round when he re-injured his foot while playing against the LA Lakers.
But look whose giving the title favorite Lakers a run for their money? The Rockets!
What’s with the Playoffs? Expressions like—“It’s all for the marbles!” “No retreat, no surrender!” “No-tomorrow!” “Never-say-die!” And “Win or Go Home!” Flood the minds and hearts of players and coaches alike.
Truth is, we ought to treat life like it’s the Playoffs not just sometimes, but DAILY!
Colossians 3:23-24 says, 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
As a student, treat it like it’s a Playoffs—giving your best in school, preparing for your project ahead of time and studying because you know it’s not just for your own gratification, or for your parents, but for God.
As a single professional, it’s giving your 100 percent effort even when your boss isn’t looking around.
As a father or mother, it’s prioritizing your family—your kids and your spouse—loving them, caring for them and always offering your relationship to God.
Ah the Playoffs! There’s nothing like it! Well, what are you waiting for? It’s Showtime!