Friday, March 01, 2013
Hoops Golden Rule
What a remarkable, heart-warming story. A developmentally challenged teen named Mitchell is adopted as the team manager by a high school basketball squad in Texas. They treat him with respect and he cheers them on, with great enthusiasm. The coach decides that he will suit the kid up for the last game of the season and puts him in to play during the dying moments. His teammates feed him the ball but he just can't make a basket. A really nice gesture, but without the storybook ending.
Enter a player from the opposing team, who inbounds the ball --directly to this young man. Mitchell turns, shoots, and sinks the shot. The crowd goes wild. You must watch the video.
Everyone involved deserves great credit but pay attention to the interview with the player who passed the ball in to him. He comments that he was raised to do for others what he would hope they would do for him. That's the Golden Rule. Jesus offers a version of the Golden Rule, but virtually every religion has one. Actually the globe in the poster above looks like a basketball. In a "me first, give me the glory" world, these are the stories we need to hear and see.