Friday, March 12, 2010

March Madness

This is Merrillee, wondering how many other women are excited about March Madness, the basketball kind. I know I'm probably in the minority among women when it comes to liking sports. Maybe I enjoy them so much because I grew up with three brothers who played sports. In my mind, there has always been drama and emotion in watching athletes who put everything into their training and compete for a prize--even amateur athletes. As a kid, I remember watching ABC's Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoons. I still can hear the announcer say, "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat." I love to share the thrill of victory by cheering on my favorite team, and I feel the agony of losing. Yesterday was one of those agony days. I watched my favorite college basketball team get clobbered in their end of the year tournament. I couldn't even watch the whole game because it was painful to see them play so badly. Which team is my favorite? Wake Forest. Here is a photo of one of their games against Georgia Tech, another one of the teams that I like.

Wake Forest v Georgia Tech

Here is my granddaughter decked out in her Wake Forest cheerleader outfit. I guess she'll have to save it for next year and hope they do better.

I wonder whether Paul, the apostle was an athlete. He referenced athletic endeavors several times in the letters he wrote. These scriptures compare the Christian life to running a race. I especially like the one from Hebrews that depicts the great cloud of witnesses who are watching us compete in this game of life. They are cheering us on.

Hebrews 12:1-3 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

Our reward is an everlasting crown, as it says in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."

2 Timothy 4:6-8 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."

As I gear up for March Madness, I will remember that Christians will be victorious as we compete for the crown of life. Unlike the sporting events I like to watch, I know the outcome.

Do you enjoy watching sports? If so, what kind?


  1. I saw a link on FB and had to laugh because I blogged at Inkwell Inspirations today about the fun our family has surrounding the NCAA tournament! Glad to know I'm not the only woman excited for the real March Madness!

  2. D'Ann,
    Same with our family. It's a competition to see who can pick the most winners. We have bragging rites for the whole year if we come out on top. Sadly, I haven't been very successful in recent years.

  3. Great post, Merrillee. Those Bible verses you posted are some of my favorites (especially the ones from Hebrews) and you gave us all some wonderful reminders about living the Christian life. ~ Your little granddaughter is so precious! And I'm glad to know you also like Georgia Tech (GO JACKETS!!)- - my son has been accepted there for this coming Fall, and we are thrilled!! ~ Blessings, Patti Jo :)

  4. Patti Jo,
    Congratulations to your son. We became Tech fans when we lived in the Atlanta area, but they moved to second place when our daughter went to Wake Forest. But we cheer for GT unless they are playing against Wake.

  5. Merrillee, we watched Duke today! :) My son goes to Duke and is a Cameron Crazie. He does the camping out for a month before the UNC game, etc. A HUGE fan. So I can't help but be involved as well. Plus, I watch all the regular season games, hoping to spot him on TV. :)

    Patti Jo, congrats to your son!


  6. Missy,
    When our daughter was a Wake, we always watched to see whether she would be on TV. We saw her roommate at one game because her roommate went in Danielle's place. She was part of the Screamin' Demons and had to either be there or have someone wear her t-shirt and go in her place. She had a big test to study for, so her roommate went. LOL

  7. I wish I could say my son would skip a game to study!! LOL


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