Tuesday, May 19, 2009
What's the Point?
OK, NBA fans: Did you hear the news?
The Los Angeles Clippers, through some far-fetched stroke of what statisticians refer to as "dumb luck", claimed the #1 pick in this year's NBA Draft Lottery.
Perhaps you, like me, are rolling your eyes and asking yourself, "What's the point?"
Or, maybe you're even feeling a twinge of pity for the young athlete selected by the Clips. "Sorry, man. Hang tough."
Growing up in the L.A. area, my blood ran purple and gold. The life of a Lakers fan was good in the 80's. I actually remember the Clippers' move from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, and, even as a kid, wondered what on earth was the point.
Ever since, the Clippers have operated for the most part in total futility, right in the shadow of an NBA powerhouse. Not even #1 draft picks in 1988 and 1998 have helped right the Clippers' ship.
And, now, here they are all over again.
But this really isn't about the Clippers.
Have you ever given up on someone? Do you know anyone who is so chronically unreliable that you finally roll your eyes in disgust?
Someone who, despite the help of everyone around, and the benefit of every resource and opportunity, just never seems to get it together?
Someone who prompts you to ask yourself, "What's the point?"
Of course you do. We all do.
*The struggling, straggling student who can be led to water, but can't be made to drink.
*The troubled employee who doesn't seem to comprehend that the boss's patience will eventually run out.
*The borrower back in debt just a year after being bailed out.
*The spouse who never matured beyond selfishness.
*The child who continues to abuse his parents' trust.
*The hollow promises coming from all of the above.
Where does anyone find the patience to deal with this? So much promise, so much possibility, so little results. Total futility.
More importantly, do we realize that, on our own, this is all we amount to before God?
Where can we find the patience to deal with unreliable people who don't perform?
Where does He?
May His grace toward us give us the perspective we need to extend grace to others, even when efforts are futile and patience is thin. Even when it's hard to see the point.
In fact, especially then.