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Younger. Faster. Fearless.

On Imported Blog

Around a week ago, my hometown Houston Rockets were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs. They lost Game 6 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a tough loss to handle, but I have never seen so much optimism from the players and fans. It's a new age of Rockets basketball: younger, faster, fearless.

It was an interesting season to put it shortly. First of all, I couldn't watch the games. Someone decided that the games should be moved to CSN Houston, which is available to less than half of Houston. And yes, I'm part of the majority that does not have access to it.

Logistics aside, the basketball itself was amazing (not that I would really know except for a few nationally televised games). During the offseason, Daryl Morey picked up Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik as well as some other lesser known signings. But, the acquisition that trumped all, was the trade that Morey somehow pulled off to get James Harden to spearhead the team.

And oh did he start off with a bang. The first game he scored 37 points and the second 45. Obviously this trend did not occur the whole season, but he ended up with scoring just under 26 points per game. His "Wins Produced" total was 13.5 wins, best among shooting guards and fourth best among all players. He has become an icon throughout Houston and everyone is counting on him to lead us to glory.

Engage and Win

On Family Minister Wannabe

In the 1997 NBA Finals the Bulls were playing a tough fought game 6 against the Utah Jazz. Wtih 25 seconds to go, the score was tied at 86 and the Bulls had the ball for what everyone thought would be the final shot of the game. Everyone in the world thought that final shot would come from a guy named Michael Jordan (maybe you’ve heard of him). The shot went up and fell in for a 88-86 lead that ended in a 90-86 win and the 5th NBA Championship in 7 years for the Chicago Bulls. But, Michael didn’t take the game winning shot the point guard, Steve Kerr, took it and buried it. Steve Kerr was the hero of one of the best NBA Finals games in history.

This is a great lesson for us as parents! You see, everyone, including the coach, Jordan, and Steve Kerr expected Jordan to take the final shot. Kerr, after passing the ball off to Pippen, could have and maybe should have disengaged. He could have just stood away from Jordan to give him space and time to take the shot. BUT HE DIDN’T! He was fully engaged in the play! He got to a spot where Jordan could pass him the ball if he needed to pass and when Jordan did pass, Kerr took the shot he was presented and nailed it for a win.

We have to be this way as parents in all things with our kids, but especially when it comes to their spiritual lives! We must be ENGAGED! It’s easy to look to the church or the Youth Minister (see what I did there, made myself Michael Jordan in this illustration) and watch or disengage and let others do the work, but that’s not how God designed it! God gave your children to you for you to disciple and that has always been the plan!

Deuteronomy 6:6-7, “6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

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