Barangay Ginebra & Never-Say-Die
Barangay Ginebra’s never-say-die attitude was at its best Wednesday night when it pummeled Barako Bull, 93-72 for its first victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome.
The Gin Kings showed signs of life throughout the game. They were hustling on defense, they were grabbing rebounds, the ball moved well and their shots were falling.
No wonder, the Big Dome, though not completely full, was bustling with life as the pro-Ginebra crowd reacted and cheered loudly for every Ginebra basket, every hustle play and every spectacular play.
At 1-4, Barangay Ginebra remains at the cellar, but the way the team played on Wednesday gives every Gin King faithful the hope that their favorite ball club’s never-say-die spirit is again, alive and kicking.
Like Barangay Ginebra, life can be a roller-coaster ride at times for us.
There will be times when life is really, really good, as if everything’s smooth – promotions here and there, salary increase, fat bonus, perks from business or work, family is happy, etc.
But then comes life’s trials – a loved one suddenly becomes ill, or your business suffered financially and you’ve now incurred debt, maybe you just lost your job, or you’ve been jobless for months and there seems to be no company that wants to hire you.
Trials and testings can happen to anyone.
Yet, I’m reminded of a very short but encouraging text from the Bible that says, I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).
In this short verse, we can find the secret to a never-say-die internal fortitude.
By our own willpower, it’s humanly impossible to overcome life’s toughest challenges.
But when we learn to draw our strength from Jesus Himself, that passage assures us that we can do all things…or as the Message translation says, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.
In Christ, you can have the attitude of never say die.