INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is HARDWORKING – The strength to accomplish tasks with tireless dedication. HARD WORK is necessary for everything in life. We need to WORK HARD on this team, in school, in our relationships, in your future jobs … nothing truly worthwhile that lasts is easy.
Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to WORK HARD in our pursuit of excellence in every area of our life. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
A LESSON FROM BEES
There are so many fascinating aspects of bees but one of the “virtues” they possess that I have always admired the most is that worker bees are seriously true to their name.
There are three types of bees: queens, drones, and workers.
The queen can live from 2-5 years.
The drone lives 40-50 days. Drones are male bees.
Most of the bees are workers. They are females. They live from 1-6 months.
Workers only live around 6 weeks in the summer because they literally work themselves to death. They can, however, live up to 6 months during the winter months.
Workers gather nectar and pollen, feed young larva, supply the hive with water, secrete beeswax, build comb, guard the beehive, and dozens of other tasks.
During the summer months, the worker bees might travel 55,000 miles to gather enough nectar to produce the honey.
Each worker will only produce about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey, and 1/80 of a teaspoon of wax in her entire lifetime.
The entire colony however, in a good year, can produce up to 200 pounds of honey.
The worker bees that do the most, never really get to sit back, relax and enjoy the fruit of their labor because they die so soon.
Imagine if every coach and every player on your team was willing to be a worker bee.
What kind of team would you have?
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Who here likes honey? The next time you have some – remember all the work that went into it by those bees. (Bring some honey with you and share it with the team right then and there …)
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Review some of the goals you set for your yourselves this season and work on one of them with greater intent.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
What goal for this season are you doing the best on?
What goal are you not really accomplishing?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord God, You didn’t run at the first sign of chaos or difficulty. You showed us how to be HARDWORKING, sacrificial, loving and truthful. We want to live like You. We want to live for You and for others.
Help us to be HARDWORKING this week by asking our parents or someone else we know who needs help, what we can do to help … clean up something, weed a garden, paint something … and do it for free.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Ask your parents or someone else you know who needs help, what you can do to help … clean up something, weed a garden, paint something … and do it for free.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.” – Vince Lombardi
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” – Larry Bird
“All the so-called “secrets of success” will not work unless you do.” – Author Unknown
“Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets.” – American Proverb
“You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.” -Author Unknown
“A hand that’s dirty with honest labor is fit to shake with any neighbor.” – Proverb
“People know you for what you’ve done, not for what you plan to do.” -Author Unknown