Luck Runs Out On the Irish

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Kentucky 68: Notre Dame 66.

That was the best college basketball game of the year. The Notre Dame Irishmen gave Kentucky all they had. They gave Kentucky fits and fists and battled and baffled the presumptive champions until the final buzzer. They left nothing in the tank and put everything on the court, and that’s the way the game should be played. Wow.

What a lesson in how both to preserve and give 100% and how to hang in there and give it all you’ve got. You’ve got to give it to Notre Dame, and you’ve got to take your hats off to Kentucky too. It was both an awful win and an unlucky loss at the same time. Both teams played their hearts out, played their guts out, and played the lights out; unfortunately only one team can walk out a winner.

So let’s learn another lesson; let’s not be intimidated by the Kentucky’s in our life. Let’s not be afraid or alarmed or overawed or overwhelmed by unbeaten seven footers or undefeated three-point shooters. Learn the lesson. You can. You can beat King Kentucky. And Kentucky can, and did, abolish the Irish.

Who’s On First, What’s On Second, And I Don’t Know’s On Third: a.k.a. Who’s Number One In Your Heart?

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Who’s No. 1? Ole Miss is ranked number one in the Polls, both AP (Associated Press) and the Coaches.  They have a 9 – 0 record, have impressed everybody who’s watching and have a good test against No. 24 LSU this weekend.  The question is, can they hang on and hang in and hold on to the top spot through the remainder of the season? 

So who’s really No. 1? Florida State is also undefeated, but they have barely eked out a few wins, especially against Notre Dame.  Mississippi is the third remaining undefeated team, and Alabama, Auburn and Oregon all have one loss. Four teams will make the cut for the first ever college playoffs, and so we all will have to wait and see who makes the cut.

The Number One seed, the number one ranking and being number one is like the pole position in auto racing and the first chair in an orchestra; it means you’re the best of the best. And to be the best you have to beat the best, or so says Kobi Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.    And he’s right. The best is better than all of the rest.

“On First” is a euphemism for who’s first in your life and in your heart. “Who’s on First?” is a comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. The premise of the sketch is that Abbott is identifying the players on a baseball team for Costello, but their names and nicknames can be interpreted as non-responsive answers to Costello’s questions. For example, the first baseman is named “Who”; thus, the utterance “Who’s on first” is ambiguous between the question (“Which person is the first baseman?”) and the answer (“The name of the first baseman is ‘Who’”). It’s hilarious. 

So who’s your No. 1? Who is first place in your heart and in your life? God is and must be first. He must be number one, in first place and alone at the top in your life. He is the Only Wise God, the King above all Kings, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the Almighty God. The Bible says that “the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods” (Psalm 95:3).  

Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these others do?” It was a test. Why? Because when we make Him first, He will move Heaven and earth for us.  We love Him, because He first loved us.  We are to love God more than we love anyone and anything else.  Nothing and nobody comes before Him. Everything and anything, everyone and anyone comes a distant second to the One and Only.

God is Numero Uno, the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Beside Him there is no other.  So pledge your allegiance and devote your attention and focus your affection on the God of Heaven. There’s none other that can compare with Him.  He truly is on first.