• Dale Ridge

Be Steadfast, Not Fast

College basketball enthusiast will probably remember the 1983 NCAA division 1 men’s basketball tournament. It involved 52 schools in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA division 1 college basketball. It began on March 17, 1983 (we know as march madness) and ended on April 4th. North Carolina state, coached by Jim Valvano, won the nation title with a 54-52 victory in the final game over Houston. The ending of the final game is one of the most famous in college basketball history, winning the game at the buzzer with a dunk by Lorenzo Charles from a desperation shot from 30 feet out by Dereck Whittenburg. North Carolina state’s victory has often been considered on of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. But the most outstanding player was not on NC State’s team but played for Houston. His name is Akeem Olajuwon. We all love a comeback story such as the one with NC State vs. Houston, we enjoy and rejoice with those stories that are sometimes referred to as “rags” to “riches”. We all seem to gravitate to the one who is not expected to win or the “underdog”. One such story is about the tortoise and the hare; the tortoise was not a fast mover like the rabbit, but he was diligent in his effort to finish what he started. The rabbit thought that the tortoise could never beat him, but due to his clowning around and his arrogance of thinking we all know the ending of that story. In the Lord’s work, it is not about who is the fastest, but it’s about who is steadfast.


Ecc 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.


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