Does you “game film” matter? I recently heard a prominent educator, Baruti Kafele, use this terminology to refer to educators taking a deep look at how they treat their students each day. As I reflected on my daily life as an educator, I saw a deep comparison. As the March Madness NCAA Tournament wraps up this week, I began to really look at some of the last teams – Those Final Four! What characteristics do these great basketball teams have? They have a leader, a coach, but that coach is usually humble and gracious and always shoulders the burden of blame. This coach does not just show the way but lays the ground work for his team to follow. As I pondered the role coaches play in the life of their team, I realize how much a coach symbolizes the love Christ has for us. Christ is our coach who came to earth to pave our path to salvation. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” ‘1 Peter 1:13-16. Christ preparation for our salvation included the disciples (“And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:17), parables (“This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” Matthew 13:13), and a living example of how to win over Death (“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:6). If we follow this path we are National Champions with a spot in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now back to my question – Does your game film matter? Does it matter how we lived today, yesterday, and even last year. Do we stop and look in the mirror each day and reflect on our own life? Do we live a life that is an example of the life Christ lived? Are we striving to live our life like the example our Coach has provided, Christ? As I watched these teams battle together, win and lose together, I caught a glimpse into God’s team. I believe Christ is cheering us on from heaven, always praying we will follow the game plan he has laid for us. This plan of prayer, scripture, and refection of our lives. As we review our game film do we see Christ? Do others see Christ? This is the purpose in reflecting on our lives, checking our game film, to ensure we are following the game plan and example Christ has provided for us. 1 Peter 2:21 shares Christ example this way, “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
Christ is a coach for the church. We have to work together even with all our differences and opinions to bring everyone on the team to the final glory of winning that Championship Game. I want to play on God’s team, but that means I have to watch my game film each and every day. I must stop to pray, read scripture, and reflect on my day to see that I am following the path that Coach Jesus has paved for me. 1 John 5:4 speaks of victory, “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
Closing Verse: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3.
Challenge: Take out a mirror and look at yourself. Do you see an example of Christ looking back at you? Rewind and reflect on your game film.
Please Share if so Lead.