VIRTUE OF THE WEEK – VISION
INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is VISION – The strength to plan and prepare with imagination, creativity and wisdom. Anything great that we want to achieve in life takes a vision. We’ve had a vision for our season, right? Who can tell me what that vision is?
Lord, we want to see You. We want to see Your Face in Heaven for all eternity. Help us to live our lives with that VISION in mind so that everything we do is for Your glory and honor. Keep our eyes and our hearts pure and strong.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a Hail Mary?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
“HOW YOU GOING TO FEED THAT PIG?”
Dad’s question rendered me speechless. I had been saving to buy a pig for months, and when somebody gave me a dollar for my sixth birthday, I had $5 to buy the pig.
Then he said: “I have a deal for you. I’ll furnish the feed for your pig, and you can furnish the labor to feed the pig. Then, when your pig grows up and has pigs of her own, we can split the litter, each of us will get half.”
I got my first memorable lesson about ownership that day. With a few minutes of inspired conversation — which remains etched crystal clear in my memory more than a half-century later — he had used my self-interest to get me to do farm chores, and I felt like a real partner.
In more than 3 decades of professional work with organizations and teams, I have not encountered a better example of building ownership.
My father not only got me to willingly participate in the family economic system, but he also made it part of my self-interest.
This is the key to developing people’s ownership for a goal or a project, and I have seen it work over and over in communities, organizations, businesses, and families.
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
How did the Dad give his son a VISION of ownership?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s look for ways to be creatively improve as a team today. Does anyone have any ideas?
Coach, listen to your players’ ideas and try to creatively make those a part of your time with them.
MENTORING MOMENT TO SHOW YOUR PLAYERS THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THEM
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Do you think we have accomplished the VISION we had for your season?
What do you feel called to do with your life as you get older?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift our sight. Our eyesight is a tremendous gift, a talent, with which we can see the beauty of your creation … the sky, animals, trees, flowers, ocean, one another. Without our sight our lives would be so different. May we truly grateful for this gift and may we see You in Heaven for all eternity, Lord.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE OF VISION THIS WEEK
Talk to your parents about how they went about deciding what they wanted to major in at college, their career choices, etc.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
VISION QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day. In person, email, text, tweet … whatever works best for you
“Vision is the ability to see people and situations clearly, not only for what they are but for what they can become.” – Anonymous
“To a clear eye the smallest fact is a window through which the infinite may be seen.” – Thomas Huxley
“What you believe in is what you become.” – Jordan Ulmer
“Not all that wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
“One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak.” – G. K. Chesterton
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Isaac Newton
Matthew 6: 25-34
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
The patron saint of vision is Santa Lucia or Saint Lucy. St. Lucy was a virgin martyr, who died during a period of Roman persecution of Christians. In one story, it is said that her Roman captors gouged out her eyes and yet the next day they were miraculously restored.