INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is HONOR – The strength to adhere to what is right. HONOR is so necessary for a meaningful life! We need HONOR if we expect our team, our school, our family to really win, for nothing truly is worthwhile without HONOR.
Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to display HONOR 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
I have always been inspired when I see young people going out of their way to be polite and helpful.
Unfortunately, finding chivalry in today’s young men is at times a daunting search.
Andrew Luck to our rescue. In case you’ve never heard of him, Andrew was a QB at Stanford University and now is the QB of the Indianapolis Colts.
He was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2010 and 2011 and he almost certainly would have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft had he not opted to return for his redshirt junior season, in large part, he said, because he wanted to finish up his degree in architectural design.
Andrew was recently surrounded by reporters during an interview when he noticed a woman approaching the Stanford athletic building with her hands full.
He excused himself from the interview, went over and held the door for her and asked her if she needed help with anything.
Apparently she needed to use the restroom so he directed her to the location and cautioned her that they might be cleaning inside.
She was very grateful and moved on probably not realizing that one of the most “famous” young men in college football just helped her …
Andrew returns to the interview, “Please excuse me. Where were we?”
Now this is not earth-shattering, nor worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize BUT IF … we could inspire more of our athletes to act like this out of personal conviction … having formed the habit of being a gentleman … we will change the world.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
||Describe one concrete way we could honor our parents more authentically:
||Describe one concrete way we could honor our teachers more authentically:
||Describe one concrete way we could honor our team managers more authentically:
||Describe one concrete way we could honor our opponents more authentically:
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
HONOR the game/sport you play this week and play within the rules, play 100%, play hard for your teammates, your coach and your team……all without complaining.
*Coaches HONOR your players this week and make sure you mentor the whole person, inviting conversation about school/family/life in addition to the sport you coach.
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord, God, You didn’t run at the first sign of chaos or difficulty. You showed us how to HONOR the Father by being obedient, sacrificial, loving and truthful. We want to live like You. We want to live for You and for others. Help us to live with HONOR not just because it’s the right thing to do but because we love You and what You do for us.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Before you criticize someone, reflect on your own actions first.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them.” – Eddie Robinson
“The critic is one who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
– Oscar Wilde
“Fault finding is like window washing. All the dirt seems to be on the other side.”
– Source Unknown
“Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.”
– George F. Will
“No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.” – Andrew Carnegie
“Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you
gain it by winning small battles with honor.” – Norman Mailer
“He who lives without discipline dies without honor.” – Icelandic Proverb