The Loyola Ramblers have literally shaken up the NCAA tournament by beating the odds and making it all the way to the 2018 NCAA Final Four. Their guards Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson are not imposing. Some would say, they even look like team ball boys or managers. However, they The Ramblers have grown into my favorite team of the entire tournament. No Hoopla. No fanfare. Just a belief that being unselfish makes their teammates better. The Coach Porter Moser said in his victory that the guys didn’t just get here! Moser said that the Ramblers have been working together to get to this moment for years in the making. However, one thing that propelled them over the top is that they have an undying belief in one another so they want to see each other be great. This belief in one another has taken them to the pentacle of success because they believe and play for each other. This is inspiring to every person everywhere because a lot can be achieved when people on a team choose to serve each other.
When we choose to serve others, we develop a Kingdom mindset. Mahatma Gandhi once said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service toward others.” With this mindset; I begin to see the value of making the team look good and not just making me look good. Last year, I chose to serve rather than be served. Joining the YMCA board, looking for community service projects, serving Humble through Leadership Lake Houston and it opened me up to serve in a major way when Hurricane Harvey hit! I couldn’t sit at home because if my brother was hurting I needed to help. Serving a cause greater than me and my interest opened me up to see the wonderful community I live in. During the storm, I saw the whole team come together in service to each other and it was beautiful. The bible says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Mark 10:45. This means that if ministry is the goal we should help ministry go forth. Jesus said I was hungry, who fed me? I was in prison who came to see me? My community was ravaged by gentrification? Who spoke up? I was homeless? Who came to serve me? The gospel is about service to others.
As we close in on Good Friday, the day Jesus chose to give his life in service of us as sinners. The choice was made to die so that we might live. Challenge yourself to serve in your local church, PTA, coaching a YMCA team and watch the transformation you begin to see in you. Begin asking the question: Who do I serve other than me? Who is changing that I am rejoicing about?
Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.-Jim Rohn.