Choosing Sides

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A situation with Floyd during the 2017 Basketball Finals made me think of repentance.  Repentance means to turn from sin and turn to righteousness. 

Floyd was sitting in his favorite stuffed chair, with snacks on the table, waiting for Game 5 of the NBA Finals to come on the television.  I was walking through the living room and I was only mildly interested because Floyd was a Cleveland’s fan and they were down in the series.  They had won one game and Oakland had won three games so far. 

I grabbed some snacks and stretched out on the sofa to watch the game.  I really didn’t have a dog in this fight, so I was content to cheer for Cleveland while spending time with Floyd.  

Floyd and Shar in Vancouver, BC circa 1995

The first quarter was great!  Cleveland was ahead.  The conversation between Floyd and me was lively.

As the second quarter progressed, Oakland took the lead.  The conversation between us slowed to mostly grunts from Floyd. 

I began to think, “I didn’t sign up for this!” 

I saw how the top two players on Oakland dominated the court and Floyd’s grunts grew into sentences like, “How could they have left him wide open for that shot!”

About that time, my son walked into the room.  I asked, “Which team do you want to win?” 

He said, “I just want to see Durant get a ring.  All the rest of them have rings.”

Hmmm, I thought, “It would be nice to see Durant get a ring.” 

So … I switched teams. 

Then I began to enjoy seeing the three pointers being made from “way downtown”.  My countenance changed.  My “Wow!” was followed by moans from Floyd.

I told Floyd, “You could really enjoy this game, if you just switch teams!” 

He looked at me as if I was a crazy woman!

I could see Oakland was going to win, so I left the living room.  

Oakland won.

Now this is can be an analogy to life.  If your team is pulling you down into darkness, switch to the “light” side

If having no laws is not working for you, switch to the lawful side (YeHoVaH’s Commands). 

If you are plagued with fear, doubts, lack, and other curses, switch to the “blessings” side (Read Deuteronomy 28).


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Shar lives with her husband, Floyd, and two teen children in South Carolina. Shar loves to grow and preserve vegetables, herbs and fruits. Shar is a Torah keeper and believes in Yeshua (Jesus'Hebrew name). She has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Educational Research/Evaluation. Shar's work experiences include administration, report writing, teaching, and public speaking.

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