The RA Crusaders/Challengers & Young Men's Basketball Leagues provide an opportunity for boys, Third Grade through Twelfth, and young men to participate in local and statewide basketball tournaments. Tournaments begin in February.
Check this page for information and updates about the RA/Challengers basketball tournaments. Find additional information on the Texas Baptist Men site.
For information, contact Anderson Evans by email or Elgin Taylor, State Basketball Tournament Director, by email.
So, What Is Your Motivation?
by John ClaytonUBA Men's Ministries Director
I am certain you would agree we are busy! As I write I am sitting at my desk among an ever growing pile of papers with an extensive “to do” list wondering where to begin. In the days before the 2016 Texas State Basketball Tournament, I assured myself that the team had taken care of the details and I would bench myself on this one. I reasoned, my church does not host an RA program; I had already donated a considerable amount of time; last year we worked from before dawn until almost midnight; yet something wrestled in my spirit. As I contemplated my own childhood, my single mom relied heavily on men in the community to guide me. If it were not for a few men who left their piles of papers, I would not have been guided towards Christ.
Last year at the tournament 62 kids were saved from the enemy and will sit in God’s glory. The faces of my fellow sojourners and the mutual encouragement we provided to one another to His glory drifted into my thoughts as the paperwork was mentally pushed aside.
The Holy Spirit in His usual fashion moved and we were in route. We arrived in Belton as school was letting out. Armed with a limited number of volunteers, we set-up a total of 7 gyms and slowly made our way to the hotel to catch a few hours of sleep before rolling out at 5:00 a.m. to prepare for excited boys registering to hoop!
The gyms were a mad house of noise, buzzers, whistles and squealing kids but silence fell when former Oakland Raiders wide receiver, Carlos Francis, challenged the boys and volunteers to critically consider, “Are you willing to pay the price for Christian Discipleship?"
WOW! The thought provoking question struck a cord. One hundred and seventy eight people responded to his call to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and to live the life style necessary to display Christian Discipleship. One life saved from eternal damnation is worth working smarter on the pile of papers or proverbial “to do” list but almost two hundred … that’s motivation to do more for the Kingdom and use every moment God has given me wisely and in His will.
Dedicated volunteers, people who remained at their jobs a little later and got up earlier to take care of the to do list, lived the life of a disciple at this event. The players from Houston at Bethany, Brentwood, and Good Hope Baptist Churches scored well on the board but the men who brought them scored for the glory of the Kingdom. Joining in the glory for the Kingdom were many churches, including New Creation, Resurrection, Bethlehem, Quest Life, South Oaks, New Hope, St. James, Everlasting Life and Mt. Horum.
This morning I am facing what is left of the pile of papers and the “to do” list grew while I was away but God will grant me the focus and time to move swiftly thought these necessities of life and bless the work of my hands. Back to my original question, “So, what’s my motivation?” Today it is furthering the Kingdom and my prayer is that I will delve in so deeply to His word and His will that He remains my focus and that life’s needs squeeze into the gaps and are the minor bleeps to His Grand and Glorious Plan.
I challenge you to think: What is your motivation…Are you willing to pay the price and live the life of a disciple?
John Clayton serves in a 100% volunteer role as the UBA Men's Ministry Coordinator leading a team of men who make it possible to reach boys and young men with the good news of new life in Christ through a wide variety of activities and experiences.
John Clayton, UBA Men's Ministry Director
John Clayton & Rickie Bradshaw, Volunteering