Don’t Fail Chemistry


The Cleveland Cavaliers have started the season 1-3. Yikes!  So the question is this: do the ”new look” Cavaliers have chemistry? The jury is still out on that one. The follow-up question is, can LeBron James pull together another championship team with a new bunch of teammates back in his hometown? The question is fairly debatable. For now, let’s collaborate on chemistry. The Apostle Paul said this:

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.                1 Corinthians 1:10, New Living Translation

I didn’t do well with high school chemistry. I think I got a “C.” I just didn’t get it. I never could memorize the Periodic Chart, and measuring just the right amount of this to add to a vile of that or a flask of the other just wasn’t my thing. But that was the hard science of laboratory chemistry. I did a lot better with chemistry outside of the classroom.

Chemistry. It’s technically defined as “the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter.” That’s quite a mouthful. On a lighter note, informally, chemistry means “the reaction, taken to be instinctual, between two persons.” In other words, when two people, usually a cute couple, get along and have companionship, when they love to share each other’s company and have constant comraderie, it’s said that they have “chemistry.”

In sports, chemistry is the bond of brotherhood and the kinship of community. Chemistry is the one intangible that is indispensable. Chemistry is the crucial and critical element which is needed and necessary to foster fellowship and cultivate companionship on any and every team, but especially any and every championship team.

There are some things there is no substitute for. And chemistry is one of them. Chemistry is union and unity; chemistry is harmony and conformity and every other possible synonym without any ulterior antonyms. Togetherness and oneness are as vital as the court and the rim and the ball; without them, you can’t even play the game.

Chemistry is like a good marriage. It just doesn’t happen, you work at it. Without the union of marriage in life, there can and will be no fruit or fulfillment. And without the unity and matrimony of athletes in sports, there will be only failure and fiasco and calamity and catastrophe. Without chemistry, there will be no acceptance, no agreement and no alignment on any team, and especially a championship team.

Chemistry is like charisma; either you have it or you don’t. Just ask Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Just ask Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. Just ask Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabar. Just ask any and all of the other NBA championship teammates who’ve won together. They all will say the same thing: “Together we stand, divided we fall.”

So let’s work toward passing chemistry. I love to talk about teamwork and team chemistry because of how important they are in the game of life. And in the school of life, in this class, failure is not an option. In fact, failing this subject will only lead to flunking out altogether.

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