Sunday, March 9, 2008

david stern is kind of playing god

On Saturday night (3/15), the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat will replay the final 51.9 seconds of their Dec. 19 overtime game.

The Hawks believed they won that game 117-111, but commissioner David Stern overturned the result because Atlanta's stat crew incorrectly disqualified Miami's Shaquille O'Neal after his fifth foul (you foul out after six).

Miami will have the ball when the game resumes, trailing 114-111. After the replay is completed, the teams will get a 15-minute break, then return to the court for their regularly scheduled contest at Philips Arena.

This is really cool because if the Heat win, it will be a good story on justice and redemption. Life is not always fair and it won't wait for you to pick yourself up, but for the Heat.. the world will rewind itself and let them rewrite some history.

If you could relive 51.9 seconds of any point in your life, what point in time would you pick? And no, you do not get Mike Bibby or Shawn Marion to help you out.

I guess if you do have an answer to that, my question is if that point in time is holding you back from being your best?

And if you can even answer that, then how the heck do you live with regret?


Giancarlo said...

Well, are we talking 51.9 seconds? Or 51.9 seconds, plus fouls and timeouts?

Either way,
1. Great call on this post. Those past events that we dwell on, the shame they produce in us...these are things we're meant to give to God. As mentioned in Romans 12 and countless other places, we're meant to be transformed in Him. If that's the case, regrets should be insignificant in our lives; and

2. I don't even need the full 51.9 seconds, just whatever time it would take to remove the love note I wrote to Leah Imperatore in 5th grade.

annie skroski said...

Interesting thought. I think it's good for me that I can't go back and redo anything since I'm sure I'd still mess it up in some way and then just tack on more I'd need to be forgiven for.

Leisha said...

I've been thinking about this. I think there are definitely moments that I regret, as anyone who has read the archives of the blog knows, but every one of those moments has been building up to now, to the person I am in the life that I'm leading, which I think is pretty much the way God wants it.

It's true, though, that shame about those regrets can be debilitating. (like if one of those referees never reffed again after this very public mistake) That's the flip side of grace, accepting that my sins and screw-ups are not too great for the blood of Christ to cover.