Part 2 of 5
By Pastor Dave
No matter what position the player played, I would encourage our players to be looking to pass and looking one, two, or three passes ahead. In essence they had to look ahead to where they thought the game would go next. They needed to see not only who was open, but who was moving to get open. Then get the ball to the open man as quickly as possible.
Once the pass was made, the next priority is to move ahead to the open spot on the floor. Pass then move. You are trying to move to the open spot so you will be the open man your teammate can pass to. Do not stand around watching the guy with the ball. Get to that open spot so you have a greater advantage over your opponent. This also can be done when you have the ball. You dribble to the open spot. The closer you are to the basket, the better. Let me give you an example. We were practicing a Play 7 type of play and our shooting guard came to me and said, “I have a question.” I said, “What is it?” He said, “When we do our play the whole lane to the basket opens up.” I said, “Yes. What is your question?” He said, “Do I continue to do what the play says to do or should I drive to the basket and score?” I said, “What is your goal?” He said, “To score.” I said, “Then forget the play; drive the lane and score.” He was afraid to think for himself but that is just what I wanted him to do.
The purpose of basketball is to score points. You pass to the open man and move to the open spot with the hope you can take the open shot and make it. When you have the best shot possible, you have to take it. All your thinking and training will pay off when you make the shot. In essence, you need to know when to pass, when to dribble, and when to shoot. It is the decision making process that helps you win games. That is one reason I like basketball. It teaches you how to think and go beyond the basics of Play 7.
Life is a lot like this! We need to learn how to think and move past the basic Play 7 of life. Paul encourages this in I Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat; for to this time you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
The Pharisees had Play 7 down pat and no one better stray from it. Jesus said they missed the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith. They could do the form of godliness but not the substance. They were powerless (Matthew 23:23-28). The form of the Law has its purpose to lead us to Christ. After we receive Christ, God gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us (John 16:13). And, “if ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law (Galatians 5:18).” We are to grow to full maturity (Colossians 1:28). We are to grow to full maturity. We are to grow in our decision making to handle the different circumstances and win the game of life and obtain the prize. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).
To be continued ………………..