Heaven is like hockey.

Posted: October 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

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I love hockey, it’s a beautiful game. Think about it, large men knock a rubber puck around a big sheet of ice with sticks, while gliding around on razor sharp blades. AMAZING!! There are fights and playoff beards and at least 37 other reasons to really like hockey. When we lived in Raleigh, I got to meet quite a few of the Hurricanes players. They are seriously the coolest, most down to earth athletes I’ve ever met.

But, to me one of the coolest concepts in the game of hockey is the assist.
According to my friends at Wikipedia, “In hockey, an assist is attributed to up to two players of the scoring team who shot, passed or deflected the puck towards the scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were “assisting” in the goal.”
Players get recognized for assisting.
I love that!
In many endeavors we only notice the scorers, the BIG names, the stars, we cheer for the one who makes the goal. We don’t give credit to the ones who helped make it happen. That’s sad because not everyone can make the goal. BUT, everyone can help make the goal happen.
In hockey, players get recognized for assists.
I think heaven is like hockey.
Assists count.
I’ve heard people talk about heaven being like a big high school awards assembly with all the BIG popular people getting their rewards. They get credit for all the enormous stuff they did. They get crowns and BIG, BIG houses and if you didn’t pastor a huge church or weren’t a missionary, you might get a plastic tiara.
For starters, I think the reward of heaven is heaven. Getting to actually hang out with Jesus seems like about the biggest reward imaginable, I really don’t need a crown.
Secondly, the only MVP in heaven is the aforementioned King of EVERYthing. HE is the ONLY one who scored the goal.
We all just assist.
I love that.
That means that…
It’s not only about the mega and the most successful.
It’s not only about the loudest, shiniest or newest.
It’s also about the ones who were foolishly in love with Jesus and honestly shared that love in the smallest ways.
They unselfishly lived out the story of God.
It’s about the unsung, the unnoticed.
The dear souls who might have never attracted great numbers.
They were just faithful.
They assisted.
Assists count.
Heaven is like hockey.

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