Unfortunately, both of my preferred colleges left in the NCAA tournament were eliminated last night. Tennessee was beaten badly by a more motivated Louisville team, and Western Kentucky was finally outmatched by a strong UCLA team. What I find interesting about this is not that both teams were eliminated, but that each team probably has a different perspective about their postseason success. Tennessee is extremely disappointed right now, their entire year was geared toward making a run to the Final 4. Western Kentucky is probably upset they lost, but are extremely satisfied with their success in the tournament. Why is that?
I believe the expectations of the two teams were completely different and the result is that each team expected different results. I think this parallels the story of our lives as followers of Jesus. God has great expectations of us. The expectations He has on us are very different of those He has on people who have yet to step into relationship with Jesus. The question we must ask ourselves: Are we living up to the expectations? If not, what are we going to do about it? If so, know you will be 'cutting down the nets' as you hoist the victors trophy!