Corey Bullock – Ahwatukee Campus Pastor
Growing up in Kentucky the closest big city with professional sporting teams was Cincinnati. Consequently, I grew up a Bengals and a Reds fan. Of course, when I was growing up these teams were vying for pennants and super bowls. Guys like Ickey Woods and Boomer Esiason tossed the pigskin around while the likes of Chris Sabo, Barry Larkin and dare I say Eric Davis ran the bases. These were the good ol’ days of Cincinnati glory – at least as I remember it. Nowadays, these teams have struggled to make it to the playoffs and even when they do, they seem to bow out like they shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
Well, this year the Reds find themselves on the brink of extinction and glory. One game decides their fate for an entire year. What a cruel yet exquisite thing the wild card position is – one game between the worst of the best to decide who will get to compete in the series playoff. After playing a total of 162 regular season games, Cincinnati places the success of all they have accomplished on one effort – one game – one night. When you stop to think about it, very few of us have jobs that we spend an entire year working toward that deemed a success or a failure based upon a 5-hour performance. This is a lot of pressure and it takes an extreme amount of focus, endurance, priority and perspective to prevail. No doubt, these guys are tired, fatigued, and probably discouraged by their final series of the season with the Pirates, but only a fool would take such preparation only to fold when it counts.
What are you facing right now that requires you to ‘man-up’ and push through? Is your marriage on the brinks? Are your kids getting your leftovers? Is that temptation winning the day? Are you lacking that keystone habit? Have you felt a spiritual dryness because of your lack of time with God? Is your friend lacking Christ because you are lacking courage? You have worked so hard for so long, don’t let this “thing” steal your season. Win this day – win the season!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
By the way, I typically got to go to one game a year to see the Reds play growing up. For some reason I always remember them playing the Pirates. Every year, they would be better than Pittsburgh, but somehow every game I would go to, they would get beat. Needless to say, I am choosing to attend Life Group tonight and will lead my group in a time of intercession while my Reds play their hearts out. I invite you to join me around 8:07 PM ET!