Is Cleveland Believeland?

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The Cleveland Indians are trying to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 2016 World Champions of their sport. And the Chicago Cubs are trying to win the World Series for the first time in 107 years. One of these teams is going to break the curse of losing and not winning and coming up short and running on empty. But that’s all about to change, but for only one team.  And that one team could be the upstart, underdog and overachieving Cleveland Indians.

But is it possible? Is it doable? Is it believable that Cleveland will upset the heavily favored Chicago Cubs? These are the questions that the sports world is asking about as the 110th Fall  Classic gets underway. And these are the very same questions that you and I should ask yourselves about our lives and our legacy.

So here are the answers to the questions:

One: Is it possible? Yes it’s possible. It’s possible because all things are possible to those who believe.

Two: Is it doable? Yes, it’s doable, because if you believe, it’s possible, any bridge is crossable.

Three: Is it believable? Yes, it’s believable, because if it’s possible, it’s doable. It sounds like circular reasoning, because it is. Possibilities are doable, and what’s doable is believable.  It’s within the realm of possibilities to believe and then strive to achieve.

So . . . Cleveland stands in Chicago’s way, and the Cubs are standing in the Indians way of a World Championship.

May the best team win.

(Go Cubs!)

God Loves Cleveland!

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Well, there you have it! History was made tonight as an epic, classic clash of titans ended with LeBron James besting the best team in basketball to win the 2016 NBA Crown. The Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 ON THE ROAD after being down 3-1 in games. What an unbelievable, unforgettable unforeseeable comeback.  But I will remind you that I DID see this coming (at least after Game 6). And I am going to say I told you so. 

The best player in the NBA is still LeBron James. Again.  He notched a triple double in a Finals Game 7 and led his team to the promised land of victory. He’s a force to be reckoned with, as the Warriors now know full well. Stephen Curry gave James a run, but LeBron was bent on proving that he’s still the King. LeBron delivered on his promise to bring a Championship to Cleveland. And his legacy has now grown that much bigger and that much broader.

So what is the spiritual speech and the theological lesson to be learned? The Cleveland Cavaliers could have given up and packed it in when they were down 1-3. But King James told his team the same thing Winston Churchill told his Country in WWII: “Never, never, never give up.”

So here’s to Cleveland and to the fans who have hungered and thirsted for a championship for so long. And thanks to King James, they have now been filled. So congratulations LeBron, 2016 NBA Champion and Finals MVP.

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God loves the World, even and including Cleveland; and that should give all the rest of us hope too.