Keep Playing Defense

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March 14, 2018, wrapped up another great college basketball season! University of Cincinnati has always been known for defense. But this year much notice was given to the fact that Coach Cronin had maybe the best offensive team of his tenure. That’s why it was interesting that whenever Coach was asked to comment on the offense, he still insisted on emphasizing defense. His point was that defense is related to effort—which you can control. So when you’re having a bad shooting night and the prospects look grim, you can still hold on if you continue to play tough defense till you start making some shots. (Cincinnati won their conference championship.)

When we discuss the armor of God (Ephesians 6), it’s typically mentioned that only the “sword of the Spirit” is an offensive piece; all the other pieces are for defense. I suddenly found it encouraging to remember that, no matter what happens in this life, we have what we need to “keep playing defense” against the enemy. And the super cool thing is that we don’t have to worry about our “offense”—the Word of God is never gonna have an off night.

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