The Butler Way

Just a couple of weeks ago the NCAA tournament wrapped up with Villanova winning it all (famous alums include Howie Long, Toby Keith, Kerry Kittles, and Alyssa Long). I love the NCAA tournament.

Several years ago a team made a deep run into the tournament that I quickly became a fan of: Butler University. Butler is a private school in Indianapolis (famous alums include Gordon Hayward, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jeff Wooden). Butler University plays in Hinkle Fieldhouse, named after their legendary coach, Tony Hinkle. Growing up my favorite movie was Hoosiers. The championship game was filmed in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The men’s basketball locker-room in Hinkle Fieldhouse has “The Butler Way” posted on the wall. “The Butler Way” is five principles that Tony Hinkle formulated when he coached at Butler University. “The Butler Way” is rooted in principles that every Christian should have in their life.

Humility—know who we are, strengths, and weaknesses. The need for humility is repeated through scripture (Prov. 15:33; 18:12; Phil. 2:3; James 4:10). Humility is not self-degradation. It is being aware of who you truly are including your strengths and weaknesses.

Passion—do not be lukewarm, commit to excellence. Remember the church in Laodicea? They were lukewarm (Rev. 3:16). Jesus said he would spit them out of his mouth because they were lukewarm. We must be committed to having a passion for God and His Word.

Unity—do not divide our house, team first. We are commanded to preserve unity among the brethren (Eph. 4:1–7). A key to any group remaining strong and having success is unity. “United we stand, divided we fall.”

Servant hood—make teammates better, lead by giving. “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:3–5). Are you giving to others?

Thankfulness—learn from every circumstance. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess.5:16–18). Part of learning the contentment mentioned by Paul in Philippians 4 is the understanding that every circumstance that we are in is an opportunity to learn. For that we should be thankful.

Perhaps “The Butler Way” could be more accurately described as “The Godly Way” or even “The Way of Righteousness.” These five qualities embody what every disciple should strive to show in every moment of life.

As you go through your week, make sure you take humility, passion, unity, servant hood, and thankfulness with you.