Another reason I love March Madness is Charles Barkley. He makes the pre-game, half-time, and post-game shows as much fun as the games. I think he’s completely hilarious. But I also appreciate him for his analysis and he said something after the Stanford - Kansas game this Sunday that I thought was really profound.
Sir Charles was talking about Kansas freshman star Andrew Wiggins. Andrew was a, if not the, top college recruit in 2013 and will likely be the top NBA draft pick later this year. He’s had an incredible season, but in Sunday’s loss to the Stanford Cardinal (a team actually named after a color), he was just 1-6 from the floor with 4 rebounds, 1 assist and only 4 total points. While no Kansas player played much better than this, those numbers aren’t expected from such a great player.
In the post-game show, Barkley was expressing his opinion that generally it’s a bad thing for players (like Wiggins) to only stay in college one year and then go to the NBA. To support his point, he talked about Wiggins’ performance in the game. He said that sometimes in basketball, a player's shots don’t fall no matter what he does. When that’s the case, the truly great players find another way to help their team. They pull down all the rebounds or start racking up assists to make their teammates better. They do the little things. Andrew was able to do none of this. He was 1 for 6 and that's about it.
When the shots don’t fall, find another way to help your team. What an amazing life lesson this is! We are all, whether we realize it or not, part of a BUMC community, a team, that counts on each other. We all have certain skills and God-given spiritual gifts that we use to help each other. Some of us serve locally. Some go on mission trips. Some work with the students or children. Some use musical gifts in our worship arts ministry. And while all of those “main things" are great, sometimes we may need to find other ways to help out our team when our main thing isn’t needed or isn’t working out.
This week, and every week, is there something you can do, some little thing that isn’t one of your “main things” to help your BUMC teammates carry out God’s kingdom mission and purpose? Do it for Sir Charles Barkley. He’d be proud.
Joe Mazza is the director of Worship Arts at BUMC. You can contact him here.