INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is OBEDIENCE – The strength to comply with and respect the authority of those in positions of leadership. OBEDIENCE is necessary for success in life. We need to have OBEDIENCE on this team, in our relationships, in our future jobs if we really expect to be able to work together and be unified in purpose and principle.
Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to be OBEDIENT 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
Sybil Ludington & Her place in the Revolutionary War
Most Americans know Paul Revere, the famous American silversmith, engraver and patriot during the American Revolution. He is best known for alerting the Colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord with his famous cry, “The British are coming, the British are coming!”
However, Paul Revere wasn’t the only colonial hero to take a midnight ride through dangerous territory to warn of the coming British army. In fact, a young patriot from upstate New York was chosen for an equally dangerous midnight mission after the British had raided Danbury, Connecticut in April of 1777.
Her name was Sybil Ludington, and she was the 16-year-old daughter of an American colonel. She also happened to ride about twice as far as Paul Revere. Setting out after dark in freezing later-winter rain on her own horse, Star, Sybil rode 40 miles, reportedly fending off a band of highway robbers along the way, to rouse the local militia. Thanks to Sybil’s warning, the men marched and engaged the British at the Battle of Ridgefield.
Sybil, though often forgotten today in most school history books, was honored by George Washington for her heroic ride, and in 1961 a statue of Sybil on her horse was erected near Carmel, New York to commemorate her ride.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
How did Sybil demonstrate the virtue of OBEDIENCE?
With Sybil being a 16-year-old girl, what does her story reveal about anyone being able to practice the virtue of OBEDIENCE?
How can the virtue of OBEDIENCE help us and this team too?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Decide to practice OBEDIENCE and trust the coaches today/this week in practice, doing what they instruct you to do-without complaining or arguing.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Who are the leaders on the team?
Are players OBEDIENT in following their lead? 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 be OBEDIENT, sacrificial, loving and truthful. We want to live like You! We want to live for You and for others. Help us to practice the virtue of OBEDIENCE this week, just like you were OBEDIENT to Your Father’s will even to the point of dying on the cross for us.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Ask your parents what chores/tasks they would like done this week and then practice the virtue of OBEDIENCE and do those chores for them this week, without complaint but with joy!
OBEDIENCE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Just as the earth is a planet in its own right, so each of us is an individual in our own sphere of habitation. We are individuals, but we live in families and communities where order provides a system of harmony that hinges on obedience to principles.” – James E. Faust
“The artist is a servant who is willing to be a birth giver. In a very real sense, the artist (male or female) should be like Mary who, when the angel told her that she was to bear the Messiah, was obedient to the command.” – Madeleine L’Engle
“None of us drinks the chalice of our existence to the last drop. None of us is fully obedient. Each of us falls short of the human nature entrusted to us.” – Johann Baptist Metz
“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Obeying a prophetic call to action brings positive benefits.” – Sherry K. White
“To be all we are designed to be, we must consult the great designer consistently.” – Terry Crouson
“I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.” – Anne Sullivan