Get In The Game

Get In The Game

Have you ever sat in church and wondered, why am I here?

I would like to compare church going to a basketball game. In a game there are 4 types of people.

Those who are on the court, on the bench, in the stands, and those who hear about it from someone else. Said more succinctly: Those who do, those who sit, those who watch, and those who hear.

Regarding those who do, nobody experiences the game like a player. Those who do, get to see the wisdom of the coach. Those who do, get to experience the thrills of the game. The intensity of a play well executed, the focus of a unified team.

Those who do, also get to experience the joys of preparation. Their hard work pays off. Their discipline is shown. Those who do are motivated to train and grow, and are able to not only add to the team, but grow personally.

The next group of church goers are those who sit. This group makes themselves available but to a lesser extent. I am not talking about the 6th and 7th man but the third string, the ones who are sent in when it really doesn’t matter. Generally there is a dedication difference between 1st and 3rd string. (I do understand that in many schools there are extenuating circumstances such as politics, age, or position.) The starters, however, as a whole are focused on training on and off the court. The third string can “afford” an extra dessert or more time on the PlayStation instead of the gym.

When a coach looks at someone who is consistently late for practice or gives half effort during practice, his natural inclination is to reward them with the honor of watching the team dressed in their jerseys.

The third group are those who watch. Those who watch are bound to get tired, their buns are going to get sore, and they will get bored (that’s why they are eating.) When they are not stuffing their face with extra-large sodas and popcorn, audience members have the rather unique privilege of commentating and criticizing all from the comfort of their uninvolved perch. Audience members can join in the excitement, but cannot truly claim victory.

The final group are those we hear. This last group has no investment in the team or outcome, they simply hear about the game from another observer. Chances are after a few highlights the conversation drifts to other topics.

So the question remains, where are you today?

Let me know your thoughts, how can you determine the difference between a player and an observer? Is it fair to base commitment levels on actions? What changes have you noticed when you have been a player or observer?

2 thoughts on “Get In The Game

  1. The answer may be found in business. It’s called sweat equity. The amount of sweat that you or I might commit to the task may be directly related to how much you gain from the equation or experience. I found this out this past week as my dear wife, Leann and I had to use the lessons found in Job, in the Old Testament Bible, to confront and defeat the darkness within two children. We couldn’t turn away, couldn’t ‘not deal with it’, couldn’t slap on a passive answer, for darkness screamed at us. We turned to His Word, knowing the power of light over darkness, knowing that Truth will overcome a lie of Satan – and it did! Now those two children are delivered and as happy and not terrified as two children can be.
    Yes, we sweated through those moments, had to be the clutch player, had to confront our own fears as well as those of the children.
    In the end it was Jesus. As always it is and always will be about Him. He is victorious over darkness for us – and will be for you. will you let Him today?

  2. So glad you wrote about this exquisite little piece of heaven-on-earth. We first &#;1618discovered‣ it about 15 years ago, when there was no gift shop nearby and no place for buses to park. It would be small of us, I suppose, to wish that many others wouldn’t have the opportunity to see the beautiful church and experience the tranquility that permeates it… but part of me wishes it were still off the map. Assisi has the same feel, in spite of all the tourists, though, so I bet Sant’Antimo will survive being ‘found.’ Nice article!

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