Great Stats, But You Lost

Published on April 21, 2017 | By

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook was a triple-double machine during the regular season, and set NBA records for his historic stats. 

His eye-popping numbers are continuing during the playoffs. In game two against the Houston Rockets, he had a career-high of 51 points to go along with 13 rebounds, 10 assists, a blocked shot, and 4 steals. 

Although Westbrook's stat line “had it all,” and he once again revealed he can do everything on the court, his team didn’t win.

The Thunder now trails the Rockets 0-2 as the series heads to OKCtonight. His numbers are great, but his team isn't accomplishing their purpose in the playoffs. When Westbrook was asked about his impressive game two performance, he made sure everyone knew he didn't care about his scoring line because they lost the game. The reality is, his stats are basically meaningless unless his team is winning games. Westbrook could score outrageous amounts of points in this series against the Rockets, but if his team loses, then what’s the point? In life, we can also “have it all” and still come up short. We can accumulate everything the world has to offer, yet still feel empty inside. We can gain power, wealth, prestige, and success, but if we aren’t accomplishing our purpose in this life it’s basically meaningless. Everything else won’t fully satisfy us because only Jesus can fill the void in our soul. We were made to know, love, and worship God. If we live selfish and worldly lives without experiencing victory through Jesus, then what’s the point? Each day, we must decide what life's about and choose what we want to pursue. Are we chasing the individual “stats” of life or is our soul resting in Jesus as we seek Him? Jesus asks us important questions in Matthew 16:26 (AMP): "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world [wealth, fame, success], but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" Today, let’s ask ourselves these same questions as we get pulled in so many different directions. Let’s continue to stay rooted and grounded in Christ, as we have already gained everything we need in Him. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that! PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray that my heart would be in the right place and my soul would rest in You. Help me be aware of the things I’m chasing that are empty pursuits and taking me off track. Please give me the strength to live with purpose, while loving and worshiping You. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.


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