Monday, September 18, 2006

The Man with the Whistle

whistleThe most vilified character on a basketball court is undoubtedly the referee. A referee has no fans but most of all nobody really likes him. Coaches and players berate him while the spectators shout sweet nothings into his ear. In fact an indication when the referee is doing a great job is when nobody is minding him or if he is not noticed by the fans since he makes the correct call and there are no arguments whatsoever, such a lonesome profession indeed. It is funny when you think about it since fans like us can hate a referee so much that we don't stop and think that without him, there will be no game or it would be in chaos.

Referees are humans and they make mistakes.

When things aren't going right for a team or player, they usually try to find someone to blame and rightly or wrongly, the focus shifts on the referees. Sometimes in our lives, it is so messed up that we wonder what is making such things happen. We begin to be like those players and coaches that turn to the referee. We think that God is some kind of incompetent referee making bad decisions or even ruining our lives and always picking on us!

God however isn't a basketball referee... He is much more in greater control than we could ever know. God loves you and He wants to give you a wonderful life. How does God love you?

How about the times when you are in a crisis and fear grips you? Does God have an answer for that?

"I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?"

"My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2)

In the swirling and trembling facets of your life, has God seemingly abandoned or just plain forgot about you?

"He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm." (Matthew 8:26)

How about that time when you feel defeated and nothing is going right? God says something about that too...

"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:31-32)

What is man's darkest moment? When he or she feels that they don't deserve the love of God because of all the mistakes and sins they've done in their lives. The verse above shows how glorious God is and how great is His love that in our defeated moment, God sent Jesus so that when we accept Him we can go to heaven.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

Referees make mistakes but God does not. How about trying God for a change…

NOW TRY GOD! (Please use Internet Explorer for this link)


blirio said...

How about ,the man with the Golden Whistle. Refs are always the Fall Guy. Do you remember jaworski finger pointing Refs in unwinnable moments. have you ever heard about the refs chased by a star player ( I knew because i used to polish the court in the PBA.)They were just lucky that they dont oficiate a real boxing match.( Do you heard about a cuban Boxer punhcing refs,its a tko

Easterangel said...

The only thing I've heard about the ref getting beat-up was during the Jaworski era in the MICAA but I was too young then so all I heard were stories from my dad and uncles.