A couple of months ago I was following Gonzaga basketball during the March Madness NCAA Tournament.
They were ranked No. 1 in the West Region, so I decided to tape the championship game. If they won, I would watch the game, and if they lost – why bother.
Later that day, I found out Gonzaga beat Florida State 72-58, and went home to watch the game, surrounded by my favorite snacks.
Do you know how much fun and stress-free it was watching a game that had already been won? When the Zags made a bad play, missed a shot, or gave up a turnover, it didn’t matter because I knew the score.
With 4 minutes left in the game, FSU had cut the Zags 14-point lead to 4 points. Can you imagine how stressed out I would have been watching the game live, biting my nails, yelling at the players – I mean, “encouraging” the players to play better? But because I knew the final score, I could continue to eat my chips and salsa with the perfect peace and contentment.
It can be really helpful to know the score as it relates to a basketball game, but more importantly as it relates to life, and ultimately eternal life.
If we knew the score at the end of our life – that we went to heaven and spent the rest of eternity with our family and friends, with Jesus Christ, the angels, with light, love and laughter – just think how we could relax and not get so stressed out about everyday life.
Wait, we do know the score! Jesus promised he would prepare the way, and his resurrection is proof positive that he is good on his promises. So why do we get so worked up about daily life?
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest,” Luke 12:24-26.
Let’s get back to basics. God, 1 (won); Satan, 0. If you know this score, relax, God has the whole world in his hands. And if you don’t mind, please pass the guacamole!