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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v07n08)
Life's Ripples from Broad Ripple United Methodist Church by Rev. Timothy Rasmussen
posted: Apr. 16, 2010

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Most of the readers of this column know that I am a United Methodist Pastor. Although I am a firm United Methodist, I have to admit that I did not cheer for the United Methodist School that was playing in the NCAA Championship, and not just because I have a slight problem with a Methodist School having "blue devils" as their mascot. It had more to do with the evident love of the game and integrity of play that Butler exhibited throughout the season.
In an age of pampered, overpaid athletes, it was good to see a team that played with heart. Butler's teamwork was exceptional and it was great to see their mutual respect for each other. There was no "what's in it for me" attitude, but instead a strong desire to accomplish a dream that could only be achieved together. Could you imagine what it would be like if we all lived with that same kind of "heart" with which Butler played? To give our all, no matter what part we play in life, is what makes the difference between just existing or having purpose in our lives.
Thank you Butler Bulldogs for some exciting fun games to watch, but more so for the integrity and good example you showed throughout the tournament.

Tim has been a United Methodist Pastor since 1973 and has been at Broad Ripple United Methodist since 2003. Email your questions/comments to
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