MercEmail A Weekly Devotional by Steve Higginbotham
A Matter Of Time
December 26, 2011
I don’t mean to be a wet-blanket, but the streak will end. It’s inevitable.
For those who may not know what I’m talking about, on Tuesday of last week,
the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball program won their 89th
consecutive game. That’s the longest winning streak in history. The
legendary John Wooden, coach of the UCLA Bruins held the former record with
88 wins, spanning from 1971-1974. The UConn ladies began their streak on
November 16, 2008, and there’s really no end in sight.
However, the streak will end. It doesn’t matter how good this basketball
program is, the night is coming when they will have an "off" night, or when
they will match up against a better team, or a luckier team, and their
streak will come to an end.
Now, I don’t want to take anything away from their monumental winning
streak. I just want to make a point of comparison. Their winning streak
reminds me of our Christian life. No matter how good we are or have been,
we’re going to have a bad day; we’re going to meet a stronger opponent, and
we’re going to lose a contest.
If we had to keep a "streak" going in order to make it to Heaven, how
hopeless we would all be. But thanks be to God for making provision for our
inevitable imperfection! We can still be crowned as victors over sin and
death without a flawless record!
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