This has become the rallying cry for the Cleveland Cavaliers as we have advanced through the playoffs and are now headed to the NBA Finals after an exciting four game sweep against the Atlanta Hawks. In those two little words, the team, the fans, and the city itself are daring to hope for the championship that we have never managed to win, while acknowledging exactly what it will take for us to finally make it all the way.

Cleveland has a lot of almost championships. The Indians have almost made it several times. The Browns have almost made it to the playoffs on many occasions as well. And the Cavs, well the Cavs hold perhaps the most bittersweet memories of almost winning for Cleveland.   After several years of being so close, the team, the fans, and the whole northeast Ohio region was angered after the highly publicized decision of LeBron James to leave Cleveland for Miami. The years that followed showed just how much our team had relied on LeBron as we failed to play even close to the level of basketball we had been playing with him.

After last season ended, LeBron announced he was coming home to Cleveland. The announcement was met with a cautious optimism. While the possibility of a championship was exciting, every loss, every “slump” and every injury brought back doubts that this may not be THE YEAR. That maybe, like years before, we just didn’t have what it takes to go all the way. When the playoffs became a reality, it was clear that everyone needed to move past their doubts, beyond what happened in previous years, and support the team fully. The team, the fans, the city itself needed to be ALL IN to make this championship dream a reality.

To be ALL IN playing the game or supporting your basketball team is great. Sports have a way of uniting people even under trying circumstances and a long awaited win would certainly be exciting and uplifting for the whole region. But in the end, it’s still just a game. When it’s all said and done, win or lose, it’s just basketball.

What things in our lives do we really give our all? Sports? Work? Money?   Family & Friends?

If the players, the fans, the whole of northeast Ohio can go ALL IN to support a basketball team, how much more willing should we be to go ALL IN for the things that are most important in our lives? To go ALL IN for the One Thing that is more important than any of it?

Basketball will come to an end. Players will come and go. We may be left with the memory of a championship or of another almost. And while it is nice to be a part of the excitement, to be ALL IN for the Cavs, we are called to something much greater.

We are called to be ALL IN for the One who gave us life, who forgives us time and time again, who fills us with joy and peace that cannot be found anywhere else, and who loves us with a love so deep that He gave His Son for us. To give to the Lord everything that we have without doubts, without reservations, without fear. We are called to trust fully in His promises and to give our ALL to God. He promises far more than a basketball championship. He promises love beyond compare, forgiveness of our sins, a joy that cannot be found anywhere else. He promises eternal life! And that is something definitely worth giving our ALL for.

Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart (Proverbs 3:5)

I will give thanks to the Lord with ALL my heart (Psalm 9:1)

You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, and with ALL your soul, and with ALL your mind, and with ALL your strength (Mark 12:30)

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13 thoughts on “ALL IN

  1. monicakay May 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm Reply

    You are an inspiration 🙂 God’s beauty of faith, hope, and love shines like a star within your soul. Your posts nurtures my hope in the Lord.

    • rosesnearrunningwaters May 27, 2015 at 5:46 pm Reply

      Thank you monicakay! I feel blessed to be able to share His love and inspire others. Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words. God Bless!

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  3. Susan Winslow May 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm Reply

    All Good! 🙂


  4. reinkat May 28, 2015 at 10:39 pm Reply

    You make such a good point. I pray that people will be able to be as enthusiastic about God’s life-changing love and salvation as they are over a sports team. We look for community and meaning in all the wrong places, it seems. The team wins, we are all excited, then life goes on just as it did before–and as it would if the team had lost . . .

    • rosesnearrunningwaters May 31, 2015 at 7:52 am Reply

      Thanks Reinkat! I admit I am a HUGE sports fan but I still think it is so important to keep things in perspective. Having God at the center of our lives is so much more important and meaningful than cheering on a sports team! God Bless!

  5. “ALL IN!” | Amanda Rego May 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm Reply

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  6. SR May 31, 2015 at 9:15 pm Reply

    “For the One who gave us life.” I do not know why that hit me but it did. I think I do not think about that enough. As I think about it now, all of us must be so precious to God, that He would breathe His own breath in us, to create us. How often do I take for granted indeed, the very life God has given to me? I think too much. I do not thank Him enough for one little four lettered word, “life.” Great post, love ya, and God Bless, SR

    • rosesnearrunningwaters June 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm Reply

      Thanks SR! Isn’t it amazing when we really stop to think about it? And you’re right it’s so easy to take it for granted! Love & Blessings to you! 🙂

  7. danardoyle June 9, 2015 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Well said. Great food for thought!

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