the miami heat have lost five games in a row. most of the world is not losing any sleep over this. i’m certainly not. but i guarantee you lebron, d-wade, and chris bosh are.
if you’re a sports fan, you know the story. if you’re not…or if you’ve been living under a rock, the short version of the story is this: lebron and bosh left their previous teams to join up with d-wade and the rest of the heat, to form a super team…a team that was to be so good, so powerful, so intimidating… there would be no stopping them.
this transaction all culminated with the decision…a “live” television announcement of lebron’s much-anticipated choice of where he was going to take his talents. it was on that night that he went from beloved to vilified.
a few days after the miami coup was completed, the whole affair culminated in an over-the-top, self-indulgent show in the miami areana to show the world the greatness of the holy trinity of baseketball that was going to lead miami back to the basketball promised land.
i have no axe to grind against the heat. i’m a clipper fan, not a hater. i have always like all three of these guys. they are remarkable athletes and three of the absolute best players of this generation. they all seem like pretty good dudes.
but there’s something about their failure that feels like justice. i know that athletes have to have enormous confidence to be able to perform at a world-class level. there is no place for self-doubt, skepticism or uncertainty on the court.
i don’t normally enjoy the failure of others, but whenever the truth of scripture is played out in real life, it can be a good thing.
“pride goes before destruction and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall.” proverbs 16:18
they may ultimately win the big prize, but there is a lesson to be learned. for all of us.