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"The Mechanics"Stuart JonesPeople are passionate about sports. We appreciate great performances by athletes. We’re amazed by those who make incredible physical feats look easy. In Kentucky “string music” doesn’t necessarily originate with a violin. We enjoy the sound and cheer loudly for the people who create it.   But the sound that creates the cheer doesn’t begin with the shot. Many times it began in a child’s room with a rubber ball the size of an orange and a plastic hoop hanging on the door. It continued with parents giving instructions under a goal in the driveway.   “Look at the goal.” “Square up to the basket.” “Follow through.” At this time children have no idea about mechanics. But they’re learning them just the same. They are learning mechanics that will serve them well when they get bigger and stronger and the games get more intense.   And it does get more intense. Coaches, teammates, and fans all yell “play hard!” We love it when people play hard. But there comes a time when all of the training, the running and lifting to get in shape, isn’t enough. That’s when mechanics take over. Doing things right, because you’ve done them so many times before, leads to victory.   All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (MSG)   If church were a game, what would your coach say? It’s far more than a game. Work on your mechanics.   “Play hard!”