The Golden Rule
I am a true sports fan. I often use sports analogies in my teaching and preaching. I am an even bigger fan of team sports. Team sports take a certain disciplined collaborative effort to guide the club to a desired goal.
In fact, there are many gifted and talented athletes that are not on any team because they cannot understand the simple dynamics of role play and complimentary composition. Every piece to the puzzle has a valuable and specific purpose. Every piece of the puzzle compliments the other pieces to create a masterpiece called synergy. It takes a special person to refrain from the pursuit of personal accolades for the betterment of the team. It takes a person that is comfortable with who they truly are to accept being a footnote, instead of the headline.
On a team void of egos and personal agendas, outcasts can shine and the once forgotten are remembered. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. The Warriors prefer everyone over egos, as illustrated in there mantra, “Strength in Numbers.”
How do two MVP’s, a defensive juggernaut, a scoring phenomenon, and a castaway franchise player lead a team of outcasts and rookies to the mantle of champion? By understanding the word team is synonymous with family. As gifted as LeBron James is, he did not have the team and the elements of family, such as trust and dependability.
What does this have to do with community consciousness?
Sooner than later, our city has to become one team, one family, one community.
On so many levels, I continue to witness decisions being made and actions being taken with personal agendas as the driving factors. What about the forgotten in the community? What about the outcast that only wants a second chance? Those of us that are deemed gifted, phenomenal, and most vocal proponents of change, must find a way to create a true atmosphere for community and opportunity.
Remember that those of us in leadership positions were not always looked upon with admiration, like the Golden State Warriors. Steph was deemed too small, but all he needed was a chance. Can Clinton be the team that gives everyone a chance? If so, we may be surprised at the number of champions we have that are waiting to be drafted to play in the game of life. We could become the “Beloved Community.”
Maybe, it just starts with treating others the way we would like to be treated.
(Rev. Steven Evans is the pastor of Friendship AME Church.)