Philly Fans To LeBron: “Don’t Come To Philly”

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Philly fans would rather see LeBron James wear a LA Lakers uniform in the Fall of 2018

What makes anybody think that LeBron James should come to Philly? I mean, why does everybody think that the Sixers need, much less want LeBron James? I mean, do they think we’re desperate or something? Sheesh! Philly doesn’t want LeBron because we don’t NEED LeBron. We don’t. Period. And here’s why:

Number one: LeBron is all about LeBron. Don’t get me wrong; he’s the best player on the planet right now. But if LeBron comes to Philly, the team will be all about him, and to me, that would create a chemical imbalance on the team, and winning is all about creating just the right chemistry.  

Number Two: The Sixers can do just fine without King Janes. We have a few promising princes of our own in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons that are doing just fine. Embiid and Simmons are stars in their own galaxy; introducing the wrong supernova into their orbit might not be such a good idea.

Number Three: The Sixers may have to give up too much to get him, and then how long is going to stay? Championships are NOT, repeat NOT, guaranteed to All Stars who switch teams or to teams with the highest payrolls. Just ask LeBron himself. While he’s won three NBA titles, he’s also lost six, and he’s learned how to lose in the NBA Finals the hard way (Note to LeBron: you still want to defend JR Smith?).

Number Four:  LeBron wants to land in the right “situation.” Well then, go to LA. LeBron should just go on to the Southland where there are plenty of opportunities to diversify his professional portfolio. I’m not knocking my hometown, but Philly is NOT LA. Not hardly.

And Number Five:  I don’t want it to be said that the Sixers “needed” LeBron to win another NBA Championship. We can win it on our own merits and with our own mettle and using our own muster. We can. So let LeBron go to another club where he can take the credit for winning and help them out as they try to win a title.  

Spiritually speaking, sometimes we want to help God out. He can jiggle us out of jams and pick us out pickles with little or no effort. Just ask Moses and the Children of Israel about that whole Red Sea thing. We just need to trust Him and stop trying to help Him. Becasue when God promised Abraham a child in his old age, he consented with Sarah to “help God out” by throwing Hagar into the mix. Bad idea.  Bad, bad, bad idea.

Miriam and Moses and Esther and Elijah give us examples and teach us to have patience and to have faith in the process. And that’s what the Sixers should do. Trust the Process! And LeBron is not a part of Philly’s process.

In other words, Philly fans want to say to LeBron “We got this!”

Love Your Way Through

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Love Your Way Through

There are no two Biblical characters exactly alike.  The breadth of Christian character runs the gamut from Adam to Zechariah and from Zadok to Abigail; we’re all different, yet we’re all the same. The range of Christian experience spans time and eternity, the now and the not yet — past, present and future.  

The extremities and similarities of spiritual understanding are found and bound in the multiple faces and faculties of the faithful. These included Moses and Miriam, David and Deborah, Elijah and Esther, Rahab and Ruth, Peter and Paul; each were fiercely individual, yet all collectively combined their faith, hope and love to form the Kingdom of God.   Each of these Biblical heroes loved their way through tests and trials, and temptations and transgressions by the power of God.

So as “mortals we join the mighty chorus, which the morning stars began.  Father-love is reigning o’er us;  Brother-love binds man to man.  Ever singing march we onward, we’re victors in the midst of strife; Joyful music lifts us sunward in the triumph song of life!”

Each Biblical hero loved their way through. Each loved the Lord. Each hoped for abundant and eternal life.  Each had faith for themselves and for others to move mountains. Each had flaws and fallacies, fears and frustrations that forced them to depend on God for victory. Their talents were not enough. Their love was.

So love your way through. Continue reading

Why You Need A Personal Trainer

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I started working out again. Yes again. W. E. Hickson was a British educational writer who is credited with this sage advice: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I was in great shape in High school (who wasn’t?) but now I’m just in ok, so-so shape. So back to the gym I go as I try, try again.

Going back to the gym and working out with “kids” who are half my age is humbling, but I can handle it. What I can’t handle is trying to go it alone. I finally “came to myself” and realized that I need a personal trainer. Working out on my own without initial guidance, I felt lost. I wandered around the gym, watched what the die-hard gym rats were doing, and wondered what ‘da heck each apparatus would do for my body. Wandering, watching and wondering in a large gym; sounds like a real good recipe for getting back in shape. Not!

Enter Ashley, my personal trainer, physically speaking. She’s ‘da bomb. She assessed my body weight, mass and fat, and tailored a workout just for me. She doesn’t yell at me with a bullhorn, but calmly and firmly gives me instruction on what apparatus to use and how to use it. All I have to do is follow her instructions to a “T.” I can expect to get positive results if I put in the work. And put in a work out I will. Continue reading