Posts Tagged ‘greatest of all time’

My son Chris and I are both artsy types, and neither of us are really into sports that much. As a running joke, when someone is talking sports stuff, one or the other of us will usually say, “Goooo Sports.” Now that’s not to say that I have no knowledge of sports at all, I love football and NASCAR racing, but I’ve had very little interest in the other sports. I’m really not into basketball for example. Now there was a brief shining moment when I would watch some playoff games, mainly with my older son Brandon who was a fan of the Chicago Bulls. This was during the era of Michael Jordan. That man could fly. I loved to watch Jordan play, even if really wasn’t that into basketball.

The other day I saw a post calling Mr. Jordan the GOAT, and my first thought is oh no, another great man falls to a scandal. After all why else would someone call someone as great at Michael Jordan such a mean name? (Yeah, I know, “Goooo sports!”) It wasn’t long before I saw another post saying that in fact Lebron James was the GOAT. “Oh, no”, I thought, “What did he do?” I mean I know I haven’t been following basketball for a decade or two, but even I know Mr.James is a human highlight reel, and I am also aware of the amazing charitable work he is doing. How could anyone call him a GOAT?

It was about this time that someone put me out of my misery and explained that GOAT is an acronym for “Greatest Of All Time.” It wasn’t long after that I saw commentator Jalen Rose get into a humorously heated argument with another analyst over which of these two was the GOAT, the other man having said that James would beat Jordan in a one on one game to seven by a score of 7-3. Now of course there is no way to know who is the NBA GOAT. There are too many extenuating factors, and the two of them are quite a few years apart in age so it would not be fair to put them up against each other today. Short of someone invention a time machine the GOAT question will remain unanswered.

Now why am I writing this, to an audience that has more than a few people who could care less about the NBA (Gooo sports!) Because there is tremendous pressure on people in all fields to be great, especially in high profile sectors like the arts and ministry. Will you ever be the GOAT in your field? The odds are against it, but the incredibly good news is that’s not your job. Your job instead is to be the best you you can be (maybe that is a GOAT of a kind), doing the best you can with what you have been given to the glory of God. This means we could take a page from the Jordan/James playbook, so to speak. They are among the greatest ever to play their game because of intense work ethic, and we can do the same. develop your gift, use it for all you’re worth and let God take care of the greatness part. See the truth is, we can’t be the greatest of all time, because we serve the greatest of all time. forget the praise of men, live to hear Him say well done and trust Him to bring you to where He wants to take you and to reward your efforts.

He is the GOAT, let Him make you as great as He wants you to be.

I just saw yet another report, declaring Rush drummer, Neil Peart to be the greatest rock drummer of all time. Nothing new, it happens quite a bit, and I believe it to be true. I’ve seen a LOT of rock drummers and no one comes close to Neil Peart!

But here’s the thing… What do you do when you’ve reached the peak. What do you do when it looks like you can’t go any further? Well check out what Neil does.

He goes back to classics, strips down his drum kit and works out on one of his influences.

In this case he plays with the Buddy Rich Orchestra. Buddy Rich is another drummer widely regarded as one of the best ever.

Reinvents his instrument

In this case Peart turns his drums into synth controllers and plays his kit melodically. This is such a radical departure from the way drums are usually played.

Why do I share all this? Well I’m a fan, but that’s not it. I share this because we even someone widely regarded as the greatest of all time can find room to grow. He practices, practices and practices some more. We all have influences and even the greatest of all time can find someone to emulate and a way to stretch his abilities. He also stretches the limits of his instrument and pushes the boundaries of his craft. These are things we can all do, whether you’re a beginner or the best ever. Developing our gifts and talents takes work and that work continues for a lifetime.

Even the greatest can get better. How about you?