AN "AT THE BUZZER" LIFE?

Updated: Apr 22

Do you live an “at the buzzer” life? Paycheck to paycheck? Barely getting by, if even that?


If you are an NBA fan, especially of the “Warriors”, and Seth Curry hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game, wow, that's pretty exciting.

But winning in real life....at the buzzer? Exciting?

Neuro-scientist Dr. Daniel Amen in his book CHANGE YOUR BRAIN CHANGE YOUR LIFE, and in their book HOW GOD CHANGES YOUR BRAIN, Neuroscientists Mark Waldman and Andrew Newberg, M.D., provide us with scientific evidence that stress, worry, frustration, and fear are greater contributors to early deaths and dementia than smoking, diet, and the many of the other lifestyle choices that make promises they are unable to fulfill.


Why is it we are willing to believe the work of two Neuroscientists and not the words of Almighty God?


In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, Chapter 4, verses 6 through 9, he tells us:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and

supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made

known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses

all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through

Christ Jesus.”


We all know that the one thing that is behind every action, every choice we make, every behavior, is a thought.


Who and what I am today, tomorrow, and the rest of my life will hinge on three things: What I think, how I think, and what I believe.


And God, through the Apostle Paul addresses that in the verses that follow.

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever

things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever

things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever

things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if

there is anything praiseworthy—think, meditate

on these things. and the God of peace will be with you."


There is a truth I was given years ago by a coach I really didn’t like, but it stayed with me and has served me well.

“What you do when it doesn’t seem to matter, determines

what you are able to do when it is too late to do anything

about it.”


Some call that the “spare tire theory”. Whatever you choose to call it, Seth Currey understands it. It is reported that there is no one in the NBA who spends more time in the gym practicing 3’s from all different angles: flat-footed, jump shot, a fade…. than this player.


We don’t have to live an “at the buzzer life”. None of us do.


We too can practice getting to know the God of all Grace, the God of all peace, the God who loves you so much that He only wants the best for you, for you to live the life He created you to live. For Jesus said:


“I came that you might have life, and that you might have it

not just abundantly, but more abundantly” (John 10:10)


OH! REALLY? Hmm….


P.S. One more word about this. Will every shot drop? No. Will I win every game? No. But will it substantially improve my game to the point that I can stop living an “at the buzzer life’? Oh, wow! Will it ever.

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