Sometimes the show is as big or bigger than the event. That sounds a little cryptic, I know, but let me tell you about my experience the other night.
You get to see a different game down there. It is the closest to the action that I have ever been at a basketball game … and probably ever will be.
To purchase the tickets would have cost about $300 each, and for that price you should catch a little sweat from the players.
We were behind the basket and for part of the game I was trying out the slo-mo feature on my iPhone. I really wanted to capture a dunk in slow motion or even a three pointer going in.
None of my attempts were spectacular but I got a couple of nice slow motion attacks to the basket.
But there was something different about being down low in the arena.
At other sporting events I’ve been to, people are there to watch the game. They come to see their team win.
But at a basketball game – well, at least for the people sitting down near the court – there is a little different focus.
It’s as much about the show as it is about the game. There is action going on everywhere, not just on the court …
… from the cheerleaders to the guys shooting t-shirts into the stands, to the super fan strutting his stuff on the sidelines.
… to the important people making appearances and getting the attention of the fans.
You could tell those who were important – or thought they were important – by the way they carried themselves and made themselves noticeable to others. They would stop and whisper something to the person they were with and look up into the crowd before they would move on to their seats.
There were also the four boys in front of us who seemed to be talking about something other than basketball for most of the game.
Then at half-time they left their seats. I didn’t even mind that they were not back in their seats for the start of the third quarter because the guy sitting directly in front of me had a pretty big head … with that removed, my sight lines greatly improved.
Just to prove that the show is as big a deal as the game, the four boys didn’t return to their seats until the 4th quarter.
I’m not sure what they were doing (though I have an idea), but one thing’s for sure, they weren’t watching the game in the stands.
Even when there was a time out – and in basketball there are plenty of time outs – the players don’t huddle together by the bench like in hockey.
No, the coach makes a big gesture of walking into the middle of the court and the players and entourage circle around him.
It’s quite a show.
Here’s the thing: When you attend church or a small group or even meet with God privately, it’s easy to be more focused on the show than the content. But it should be all about what God wants to deliver to you and about you responding back … then you’re in the game.
Question: How do you stay focussed on the game and not the show? Leave your comments below.