This week begins the bracket of college teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. This basketball Tournament is referred to as the road to the Final Four and creates so much excitement. There are so many different teams involved ensuring the abundance of good match-ups and games. Every game is a single elimination game. Win and advance. Lose and go home. There is great drama. Along the way, there will likely be buzzer beaters, desperation shots, underdogs, upsets, and unlikely heroes winning the game. Who will win? Who will lose? No one knows and this is why they play the games.
Who will be this year’s Cinderella team? It will likely be the team that plays with less talent and more enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is powerful! A team with less talent can beat a team with more talent if they are more enthusiastic. Especially if the team with more talent just goes through the motions. Enthusiasm is one of the greatest motivators in sporting events and life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said about enthusiasm…“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Mark Twain was once asked why he was so successful and he said, “I was born excited!” A church is also able to move forward with enthusiasm. Brian Bauknight says…“Enthusiasm is contagious.” The early followers of John Wesley were called “Enthusiasts” before they were called “Methodists.” Enthusiasm in worship, volunteering, and service in the church makes such a difference. Our enthusiasm at Shalimar makes a difference.
Did you know one of the meanings of the word enthusiasm is to be in God? The closer to God we are the greater our enthusiasm. As we move closer to God, let us grow in our enthusiasm for the work of God. Shalimar United Methodist Church has wonderful opportunities and challenges just ahead. I cannot think of anything more important than greeting every one of these challenges and opportunities with enthusiasm.
In the coming weeks, teams with the equal talent of their opponent will win and advance by capitalizing on this indispensable quality of enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is powerful, a motivator, and contagious. Let us share our enthusiasm through Shalimar UMC for the greatest work on the face of the earth…the Church!