March Madness

March Madness

Not everyone is a basketball fan but for those who are, this week was like Christmas Day. This past week the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments began. Between Thursday and Friday there were 32 games played and one could watch at pretty much anytime of the day. It is a popular event to say the least.

            One of the reasons these tournaments are so entertaining is the possibility of the underdog winning. Smaller teams can upset anyone at any time. The team you thought was the best might have a bad day and fall out of the tournament. A school can go on a magical ride and win it all even if they aren’t the biggest thing or have the most money. The NCAA Tournaments generally produce really good stories.

            All of that reminds me of the Bible. The Bible is filled with good stories. There are stories where the underdog makes an unexpected victory, stories of growth and creation, stories of prophecies and miracles, stories about how we should live and treat one another, stories that warn us about dangers and sin, stories about light and love, and stories of hope and victory. The Bible is filled with stories that we need to share and pass on to other people.

            Mark 16:15-16 says the following, “Then he (Jesus) said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” We have a good story to tell about God and Jesus. A story that tells people the Good News that Jesus saves. Our job is to share that news even more so than how we share the stories of basketball tournaments and family events. This week we want to encourage you to share the Good News more than you currently do. You might end up sharing a story that someone really needed.

Mark Casella