Golden Eagles News · Sports Leader: Virtue of the Week – GENUINE

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This week our virtue theme is GENUINE – The strength to truly be what you say you are. Being GENUINE is hard work! Yet, we need it to be truly happy-being who we are really are and not trying to fool others into believing that we are something that we are not.


Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to be GENUINE 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?


The Banker and The Fisherman

An investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, “only a little while. The banker then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The banker then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my friends. I have a full and busy life.”

The banker scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?” To which the banker replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the fisherman. The banker laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!” “Millions – then what?”

The banker said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your friends.”

The fisherman just smiled.


According to the fisherman, what is the goal in life?

According to the investment banker, what is the goal in life?

Were they both being GENUINE?


During practice this week, be GENUINE to your coaches and teammates. Don’t lie, mix words or try to deceive; tell them what you feel, imperfections and all.


Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:

How do you GENUINELY feel about the team this year?

How do you feel about your role and position on the team? How can it be better?


Lord God, You didn’t run at the first sign of chaos or difficulty. You showed us how to be hardworking, sacrificial, loving and GENUINE. We want to live like You. We want to live for You and for others. Help us to be GENUINE this week, being honest with ourselves and our teammates for the greater glory of this team and out of love for You.


Be GENUINELY interested in other people this week, in the classroom and at home with family. Ask them about their day, ask them how they are doing and actually listen to them and care.


*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.


“The word “friend” has become so utterly void of meaning in a world governed by social media.” – Alex Morritt


“Be genuinely interested in everyone you meet and everyone you meet will be genuinely interested in you.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru


“Don’t tell a lie to be loved, speak the truth to be hated.” – Michael Bassey Johnson


“Genuine faith will produce genuine changes in your life.” – Jim George


“You need to believe in yourself and what you do. Be tenacious and genuine.”
– Christian Louboutin


“The important thing is having genuine regard for your audience.” – Hal Sparks


“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. – Tena Desae


2 Corinthians 6: 3-10

We cause no one to stumble in anything, in order that no fault may be found with our ministry; on the contrary, in everything we commend ourselves as ministers of God, through much endurance, in afflictions, hardships, constraints, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, vigils, fasts; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, in a holy spirit, in unfeigned love, in truthful speech, in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness at the right and at the left; through glory and dishonor, insult and praise.

We are treated as deceivers and yet are truthful; as unrecognized and yet acknowledged; as dying and behold we live; as chastised and yet not put to death; as sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.


St. Helena

St. Helena was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great and an Empress of the Roman Empire. Through her son’s influence, Helena began to embrace Christianity. With her title of Augusta Imperatrix, Helena was given free reign over the imperial treasury. She was tasked with locating relics of Christian tradition.

During this time Jerusalem was still being rebuilt after Titus’ destruction. Around the year 130, Emperor Hadrian had a temple built over the site of Jesus’ death. This temple was believed to be dedicated to Venus. Helena had this temple destroyed and chose a site in this location to be excavated. This led to the discovery of three crosses.

Tradition says Helena brought a woman near death to the crosses. There she had the woman place a hand on all three crosses. Nothing happened when she touched the first two crosses, but when she placed her hand on the third cross she suddenly recovered. Helena declared the third cross to be the True Cross. At this site, Constantine ordered the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to be built.