Congratulations to Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and the Golden State Warriors (former Philadelphia Warriors) for winning the 2017 NBA Championship Finals. It was an intense series and because I was rooting for the Warriors, I watched each game intensely aware many people thought that Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers would come back and win the championship once again. I recall during that last game, at a period when the Cavs were down by a considerable amount of points, that one of the commentators noticed Lebron James sitting on the bench taking a rest and commented that Lebron should be put back in the game. He was concerned the Cavs were behind and needed to desperately catch up. Lebron was the team’s leader and at this critical time, Cleveland needed him and they needed to see a return on their investment from him.
Last year here in Philadelphia, the Eagles orchestrated a critical move and made an investment to secure the number one pick in the NFL draft and selected a young quarterback by the name of Carson Wentz. By everyone’s standard, Wentz was a great choice, but that investment did not get Philadelphia a football championship. Similarly, the Philadelphia 76ers creatively secured the number one draft pick for two years in a row. Last year they selected Ben Simmons and this year they selected Markelle Fultz. Ben Simmons has yet to play a game because of an injury and even with our new line-up, that will include Markelle Fultz, Joel Embiid, and Jahlil Okafor, analysts predict that it will be at least 4 – 5 years before the 76ers could contend for a championship to see a return on their investment.
We tend to invest a lot of money on a lot of people and many times people don’t live up to our expectations and do not give us the proper return on our investments. However, Christians take comfort in knowing that God always provides a return on your investment when you invest in Him?