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The Old Basketball Goal



James 4:14

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.



As I look outside my house, right beside the driveway, is an old basketball goal. If I were to guess the age of the goal, I would probably say that particular goal has

been there for about fifteen years.

The other night as I was lying in bed unable to sleep, I began to ponder the thoughts of getting rid of the old goal. I found this decision to be more difficult than I would have ever imagined. It wasn’t because we still use the goal, we’ve not used it in years, nor is it because the grass is dead under the goal; it wasn’t even about all the games and memories, though they were great ones. It was at that moment thoughts about time filled my mind; yes, time.


Something as simple as an old basketball goal had made me realize that first; no one is promised tomorrow. It also made me realize according to statistics that my life here on this earth is three quarters of the way completed, and that time is very valuable and very precious. And the truth is I have taken a lot of that precious time and wasted it.


Life is, as the Bible said, is a vapor. For years we go about our lives trying to reach goals of things that we will eventually loose interest in, or maybe not even be able to do any longer. It’s not that the time spent at the old basketball goal was not valuable, I wouldn’t trade that time for anything in the world, they were very precious moments for me and my family.


The truth is, the old basketball is now just setting there and the only thoughts that are offered toward it, are the thought of removing it. Why? The answer is simple; everyone lost interest in it.


I see this happening to people in the spiritual sense except, it is not an old basketball goal setting on the side of the driveway; its Bibles setting on the shelves, voices not used for glorifying God, and Churches that are unattended. We have somewhere over time began to misplace the time that we have. Other things have become more important.


Remember when you wouldn’t dare let anything get in the way of your Bible time, prayer time, your singing time, or Church attendance? I’m afraid that if the activity of hitting our goal’s for God do not resume, the only thoughts of those goals will be to remove them because the enemy will convince you they are in the way.

What are your goals, what is it that your shooting for?

What you’re going to do for God, you should do it now!






Pastor Todd McClain

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