INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is RELENTLESS – The strength to continue striving for your goal when the going gets tough. Every practice and every game is an opportunity to be RELENTLESS … by hustling, constantly striving to improve, never giving up, fighting off feelings of laziness and fatigue. A RELENTLESS team is a championship team.
Lord, the virtue of being RELENTLESS is very important for every aspect of our life. You kept going even when things got impossibly hard for You. Give us the strength to never quit on You, to never quit on our teammates, to never quit on ourselves … especially when it gets hard, especially when we’re exhausted.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a Hail Mary?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
One of the finest examples of humility and relentlessness in the history of the USA is Abraham Lincoln.
He suffered many, many defeats and disappointments over the course of thirty years but he never quit going after his goals.
His goals were geared toward serving others in public office. An arrogant man would have quit being faced with so much failure and adversity.
1831 He failed in business.
1832 He finished eighth in a field of thirteen candidates for State Legislature.
1833 He again failed in business.
1835 Lincoln was engaged to be married but his sweetheart died.
1836 He had a nervous breakdown and spent six months confined to his bed.
1838 He was defeated for speaker of the house.
1840 He lost in his bid to become Elector.
1850 A son died.
1855 Lincoln ran for the Senate but was defeated.
1856 He tried for Vice-President. He lost.
1858 He tried to get elected to the Senate again. He failed.
1860 He was elected the 16th President of the United States and is considered one of the greatest leaders of all time.
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Why do you think Abraham Lincoln never gave up?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s be RELENTLESS today by running harder and concentrating harder when we’re really tired.
Remind the team of the goal as practice/game is coming to an end. Thank players by name for their effort.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
What is the hardest moment of practice for you? Why?
How can I help motivate you to try even harder when you get tired?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Thank you for never quitting on us, Lord. You were on the Cross for three long hours. People made fun of You, taunted You, tempted You to come down from the Cross but You were RELENTLESS. We want to be like You, Lord.
Thank you for the example of (name a few teammates who lived the virtue during that practice/game). Help us all to be RELENTLESS this week by studying a little harder this week when it gets a little tougher … when we get bored and tired. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Study a little harder this week when it gets a little tougher … when we get bored and tired.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
RELENTLESS QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day. In person, email, text, tweet … whatever works best for you
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – Franklin Roosevelt
“See first that the design is wise and just; that ascertained, pursue it resolutely.”
– William Shakespeare
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance.” – Jackson Brown
“Do what has to be done; when it has to be done; as well as it can be done; and do it that way all the time.” – Bobby Knight
“It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.” – Unknown
“Find fuel in any failure. Sometimes failure gets you closer to where you want to be … The greatest inventions in the world had hundreds of failures before the answers were found.” – Michael Jordan
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
2 Corinthians 11: 23-27
Are they servants of Christ?–I speak as if insane–I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
St. Margaret of Cortona
St. Margaret was devoted to the Eucharist and to the passion of Jesus. These devotions fueled her great charity and drew sinners to her for advice and inspiration.