March Madness

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If you’re a college basketball follower, you’ll be familiar with the term “March Madness.” This expression goes back to the Illinois’ statewide high-school basketball tournament. In 1939, a spokesperson with the Illinois High School Association, Henry V. Porter, wrote an article called “March Madness.” He wrote, “A little March madness may complement and contribute to sanity and help keep society on an even keel.”  68 teams are part of the ‘March Madness’ tournament every year. With so many teams and many different matchups, there are always upsets and unpredictable results, and the games tend to be incredibly competitive.

It’s not a bad illustration of life. Life is full of twists and turns.  Many are absolutely unexpected. There’s pain. There’s victory. There’s defeat. Living is full of unpredictable results. But life, like the March Madness for a fan, is worth your time and effort.  In fact, the ups and downs of our existence are the very things that bring joy, anticipation, energy, hope, and fun into our day-to-day routine. It seems to me that much of the Bible talks about living in anticipation of what life may bring. Check out these verses: Micah 7:7  But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Romans 8:24  For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?  Joshua 3:5  Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

So, if you are finding yourself dreading your future. You don’t feel much like getting up in the morning. Maybe you need to be infused with a little “March Madness.” Not the basketball kind, but the Bible kind…anticipating a new day, looking for exciting possibilities, and hoping that God will use you to make a difference in someone’s life. Now, that makes me want to invest time and effort.

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