Perspective on Eternity
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26
I have been a Suns fan since I was seven or eight years old, and I have seen a lot of bad basketball. I remember the drug scandal in the late 80s, and I remember when game-goers looked suspiciously like empty seats. I always looked forward to the NBA draft as I would anticipate us drafting a superstar who would take us from the bottom to the top. We were often the laughingstock of the NBA, and we always seemed to draft players with tremendous fanfare but were a flash in the pan once they got into the league. I always had high hopes for my favorite team, but my hopes were mostly dashed by Christmastime. Despite all this disappointment, I still loved my Suns and I still enjoyed the excitement of going to a professional basketball game.
One year, I was given playoff game tickets for my birthday. I could hardly contain myself that day at school, and I was excited to watch my Suns make some hay in the game. We did not make the playoffs very often, so this was an especially rare treat. We won that game but fell short of going far in the playoffs that year, which was reflective of the years previous. I always held high hopes for my Suns, but they were dashed by the Lakers or Blazers. I used to hang all my hopes and happiness on the Suns, and I would experience mood swings on their wins and losses - happy if they won and unbearable when they lost. You could always tell how the Suns did based upon my attitude and outlook on life.
In the 2021 season, the Suns went to the Finals and were a mere two games from winning it all, so I held great anticipation for the 2022 season. We mowed through the regular season, and the odds of us winning it all were definitely in our favor. I was ready for the victory parade, but the first round of playoffs did not go as I had anticipated. We struggled to get past our first round opponent but we rolled through the first two games of our second round appointment. I thought we were back on track, and I just felt like we would pull it off and head to the Western Conference Finals. Well, the story did not end in happily ever after as I had anticipated.
As I write this, the sting of the game 7 loss is fresh in my mind and the pain is still felt. I am hours from the loss occurring and the 2021-2022 season is now in the books with the Suns not advancing as far as they did last year even though they won a franchise-record 64 games. I am glad to say, however, I have grown from the time of experiencing mood swings with my Suns, and I have come to realize that life is more than a Suns' game. My life did not change much from the loss, although I did feel disappointment, but the sun still hung in the sky and set in the west much like my team did. Although there were many who felt like their life ended with the team’s season, the truth is that nothing really changed in their life either. The most important thing in their life is still the most important thing. The jury is still out on whether the Suns will ever win a championship, but one’s eternal destination is still the most important thing.
Do you know where you will spend all of eternity? Do you realize if your favorite team won every championship every year, that it still would not matter in terms of eternity? This verse clearly tell us that it profits us nothing to gain the whole world and lose our soul in hell. What will it be today? Will you gain the world and lose your soul, or will you turn to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Today is the day of salvation! A Suns championship will not change your life here on earth, but a relationship with Jesus Christ will change your life for all eternity.
Stay in the fight!