INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is DISCIPLINE – The strength to be in control of oneself regardless of the circumstances. DISCIPLINE is necessary for everything in life. We need to have DISCIPLINE on this team, in school, in our relationships, in our future jobs….if we expect to succeed the way we want.
Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to have DISCIPLINE 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 LITTLE DISCIPLINE CAN MAKE LIFE A LOT EASIER
John was a very good student. He was happy, good at sports and did quite well in his studies. However, he had one bad habit. He would never wake up early enough in the morning. Due to this he was always in a rush every morning. Bathing, getting dressed, eating breakfast, was all done at break neck speed.
His parents always advised him to be more disciplined, but, it always fell on deaf ears. One day, rushed as usual, John was getting ready for school. He ran out of his room and almost ran his father over.
His father asked him to slow down but John was too busy. His father tried to tell him something but he grabbed his backpack and ran out the door without letting him speak. His father just smiled.
John managed to get to school on time but to his great surprise he found the school empty. He wandered into the principal’s office who was there. The principal seeing him asked him, “John, what are you doing here? Don’t you know that it’s a holiday? Well I’m glad you’re here. I came in because I got behind on a lot of paperwork. Since you’re already here you can help me.”
The principal gave John enough work to keep him busy through lunch and then told him he could eat and head home. He went to his backpack and then realized in his rush out the door, he had forgotten to pack anything to eat.
Hungry, annoyed and tired John made his way to the bus stop. After waiting quite a while, he realized that he had missed the last bus and to make matters worse, his phone ran out of battery because he also forgot his charger.
A three mile walk home awaited him.
When he got home, he went straight to his Dad to complain, “Dad, why didn’t you tell me it was a national holiday and that we didn’t have school?”
“John, I tried but you were just too busy,” his Dad replied.
John finally learned, the hard way, that waking up a little earlier would make his life a lot easier.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Who here stays in bed too long after you know it’s time to get up?
Has this story taught you a lesson or do you need to learn the hard way like John?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Practice the virtue of DISCIPLINE this week in practice by celebrating practice when you don’t feel like it, celebrating teammates when you don’t feel like it, by celebrating life and finding joy when you don’t feel like it.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How have you practiced DISCIPLINE this week?
Is it easy to have DISCIPLINE? Why or why not?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord God, You didn’t run at the first sign of chaos or difficulty. You showed us how to love with DISCIPLINE, to sacrifice with DISCIPLINE, to have obedience to Your Father’s will with DISCIPLINE. We want to live like You. We want to live for You and for others. Help us to practice the virtue of DISCIPLINE for our own sanctification and for the sanctification of others.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Set the alarm a little earlier so you can get ready in the morning with more discipline.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” – Jim Rohn
“Do we need more time? Or do we need to be more disciplined with the time we have?” – Kerry Johnson
“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” – Lou Holtz
“Discipline is not a dirty word.” – Pat Riley
“Sports gives your life structure, discipline, and a pure fulfillment that few other areas of endeavor provide.” – Bob Cousy
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves? self-discipline with all of them came first.” – Harry S. Truman
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of
regret. The difference is, discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn