Those that know me know I'm a big Montreal Canadiens fan. I love this time of year with playoff hockey, but the other night I was not happy at all. They lost with less than two seconds left in the game. I was doing everything in my power not to yell and wake up the house.
But there's a reason they lost. In the last minute of the game the score was 1-1, and both teams reacted differently to that situation. Montreal decided to go on the defensive and do everything they could to control the game and send it into overtime. No rash decisions, no big plays. Just get to overtime.
Tampa did the opposite. They blitzed. They went for the puck. They took shots. They were not content to simply get to overtime, they wanted to win the game.
It made me think about faith. How many people see "overtime" as a sure thing and are simply coasting to get there? Living defensively, keeping control, no rash decisions or actions. It's a sure thing, let's just wait it out until we get there. And how many people are playing to "win" at this life? Loving boldly, doing things that may be a little dangerous, living like this is overtime and what we do now counts.
I love my team, but they did the wrong thing. This life wasn't intended to be a placeholder until heaven. We can't just sit back and coast there. This life counts. What we do now counts. How we live, who he love, how we worship and show Jesus to the world now counts.