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The Principles in Passing

Published on June 2, 2017 | By

Game 1 of the NBA Finals started off close with great intensity, until the Golden State Warriors pulled away and knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91. 

The Cavs were careless with the ball and weak on defense, which led to wide open dunks and easy shots for the Warriors. We can't count out the Cavs just yet, however, but they need to make some major changes before Game 2. On the flip side, it was enjoyable watching the Warriors play with such ease as they knocked down shot after shot. Kevin Durant finished with 38 points and Steph Curry added 28. 

As impressive as their scoring was, their passing and the fact their two leading scorers also led in assists, really stood out. Curry had 10 and Durant had 8.

Their offense was beautiful to watch, as the ball kept moving and guys were willing to pass up their own shot in order for a teammate to get an even better look at the basket. 

During the broadcast, there were comments made about how much fun the Warriors had passing the ball. It was amazing to see how each player looked to get the other guys involved in the offense.

The Warriors' ball movement is definitely one of the major keys to their all around success. So when I think about what passing means and what is truly at the core, I find the principles can also translate into our own lives.  A pass represents:
  • Letting go and no longer being in control of the ball.

  • Trusting someone else to make a decision.

  • Being willing to share and giving to another person.

  • Moving the attention away from yourself.

The Bible encourages us to demonstrate these principles. Hebrews 13:16 (ESV) tells us, "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." 

We should declare the words in Psalm 115:1 (NLT): "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name goes all the glory for Your unfailing love and faithfulness." 

And Romans 12:10 (ESV) implores us to "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." 

As followers of Jesus, we should be known as good passers - not people always looking for our own “shot.” 

If we are willing to humble ourselves, love, and honor others, while also desiring to pass the glory to God, our lives will be beautiful to watch and experience. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that! 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray You would show me ways to become a better passer, giver, and servant. I pray that my life would bring glory to You as I sacrifice, love, and honor others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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