It’s over. All the hype, the jargon, the brackets, everything about NCAA basketball is done. At least for another year. What will I do with myself? Amazingly enough, my most favorite team since I was 2 ended up winning the whole thing. I figured they didn’t have the heart to pull it off. You know what I mean? Some teams just go out there and will themselves to win. They never get down on themselves, they never get lazy or complacent and they never allow the other team to get into their heads.
March madness is a two week guide to how to live, in my opinion. It’s a demonstration to us all that quitting is never a winning option. Our attitudes towards any challenges we face will play the biggest part in how we perform and how everything turns out. Most of all, we must prepare ourselves and be diligent about it.
Wisconsin had the better team, in my opinion. Yes I am a Duke fan, but talent and experience adds to more than talent and energy. What was the difference in the equation for Duke to prevail? Preparation. Wisconsin prepared, don’t get me wrong, but they prepared for one player, Jhalil Okafor. They did an excellent job of that preparation because Okafor was pretty much a nonfactor in this game. Wisconsin failed to prepare for Cook, Jefferson, Allen, T. Jones, M. Jones, Plumlee and the rest of the team. What these boys did together disrupted what Wisconsin had planned. They drew the fouls, made their free throws and played the most tenacious defense against the most arduous offense and came out on top.
Duke’s preparation involved using every playable member and their talents to expose any Wisconsin weakness. Wisconsin, on the other hand, overprepared for one very important aspect of their game, but failed to prepare adequately for the other important factors and paid the price. It’s that simple. Duke beat the better team because they played with more heart and had better preparation. Wisconsin had plenty of heart but little preparation to beat the smaller team.
Preparation is key to accomplishing any task, big or small. Our manual is thousands of years old and is still holding up. God gave us His word to prepare us for what’s coming in our lives. His promises encourage us to be strong in faith no matter what we are facing. Our tenacious defense can overcome the most arduous offense as long as we have prepared with the instructions given by our Head Coach. Whatever we face will not last forever and if we obey His instructions, we will overcome.
2 Corinthians 4:8 So we fix our eyes on not what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Hebrews 10:35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
His guidance and promises are all there. We just have to read it and let it sink deep into our hearts. Then we will be prepared for whatever comes our way. There is a method to this madness but we have to experience the whole journey to win.