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Madness!
Posted: Mar 17, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

As many of you know, I am an avid sports fan. If you walk into my office, you will see walls lined with Chicago Cubs memorobilia. I have an actual brick from Wrigley Field, an autographed baseball bat signed by Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks as well as several signed photographs. I have always, for as long as I can remember loved sports. When I was a kid, I was outside every single day playing whatever sport was in season. In spring and summer, I played Baseball. In the fall, football was the game of choice and so on. Now as I have gotten a little bit older, I don’t have as many opportunities to actively participate in sporting events but I still love to watch.

One of my favorite sporting events of the year would hands down be the College Basketball tournament or perhaps better known as “March Madness.” During this tournament, 65 of the best 300 plus division 1 college basketball times play a win or go home style tourney. For 2 weeks, the entire sports world seems to be mezmorized by this tournament. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the tourney is trying to guess how it will all play out. Each year, I along with several of my friends have a contest to see who can most accurately guess the outcome of the tournament by picking each game. What do we play for you may ask? Pride! There is no money or anything like that. We want to know who among us can be crowned “The Corey Baker Bracket Challenge” winner. Last year, my good buddy Jason Maupin won the crown and I am eagerly anticpating taking back the crown this year.

I guess I am one of these guys that like to make everything a competition. I guess most guys are like that. When I was a kid, my brothers and I seemed to invent the crasiest competition games between us. We even started to time who could clean up our rooms faster. I know….that is a bit ridiculous. My philosophy has always been, if your gonna play the game, you might as well play to win. That reminds me of a verse in I Corinthians chapter 9 verse 24 that says,

“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.”

In the March Madness tournament, 65 teams will enter but only 1 will come out victorious. In this passage of scripture, Paul is comparing our walk with Christ to a race. Later in the passage, he says that runners go into training and compete for a prize that will not last, but we as sons and daughters of God will be getting a crown that lasts forever. If we are going to be Christians, why not give it our absolute best? Each of these teams entering this March Madness tournament have one goal…to win. May we be people who constantly strive to be more like Christ every single day. Give Him your absolute best today. Oh yeah, and one more thing, enjoy the madness:)

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

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