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Full of Ourselves

Published on April 26, 2017 | By

The San Antonio Spurs took a 3-2 series lead last night in their win over the Grizzlies. There is no guarantee they will move to the next round, but as we consider what they’ve already accomplished this year and over the last two decades, it’s ridiculous. 

Michael C. Wright wrote an article for ESPN about their winning and consistency. This is what he had to say: “This year marked the first time in NBA history a team has won 60-plus games the season after losing a former MVP [Tim Duncan] who spent his entire career with the same team.

 “And it's just the second time in league annals a team captured 50-plus wins in the same scenario. The other time? You guessed it: The Spurs did it the season after David Robinson's departure."

In the article, Wright further explored how the team has been able to continue their success and just keep on rolling - even after a key player like Duncan retried. Admittedly, they have had great fortune with the players they’ve drafted and signed, but they also have key attitudes and fundamentals that make them special.

I especially enjoyed reading what head coach Gregg Popovich had to say when he explained, "We're not full of ourselves thinking we invented the wheel or did some amazing thing."

Although his accolades are hard to match, Popovich is a simple, no nonsense kind of guy whose team isn't filled with flashy players drawing attention to themselves. Because they're not "full of themselves" and just win, they're greatly respected and stand out among other teams. In our own lives, how do others view us? Are we “full of ourselves” and consumed with arrogance, pride, and conceit? When we do something well, do we feel the need to tell everyone about it?

If we desire to be more and more like Jesus, and follow Him, our lives should represent humility. We should be filled with love, grace, and kindness instead of being full of ourselves. The Bible says in Romans 12:3 (NIV), "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: 'Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.'"

Galatians 5:26 (NLT) also tells us, "Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another."

Today as we follow Jesus, let’s remember to be filled with His character...not “full of ourselves.” I’m Bryce Johnson and you canunpack that! PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please fill me with humility so that I'm not full of myself. Help me to live in view of what Jesus has done on the cross...give me the strength to serve others...and point people to You instead of myself. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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