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

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Our virtue this week is ADVENTURE – The strength to undertake new and daring enterprises. Many times we are fearful of new and daring things. Yet, often the only way we can really grow is to embrace new things, no matter how scary they may be in the beginning.


Lord, we praise you and we thank you for the talents you have given us. Help us to be virtuous and strong! Help us to love YOU and others more than ourselves. May we be ADVENTUROUS today by always being strong and confident in whatever new things YOU ask us to undertake.

Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?


The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement

Before he won the love and admiration of the world with his dream for a better, more equal America, Martin Luther King Jr. won the love of a strong-willed and talented woman named Coretta Scott.

Just two weeks after meeting Coretta, a young King told his parents that he had found his wife. Coretta, who had been trained as a classical musician, decided to give up her dream of becoming a professional singer and decided instead of marrying the humble pastor. Soon, the newlyweds moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where this young promising new pastor soon found himself and his wife in the middle of the Montgomery bus boycott, which started in early December 1955 with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a local Montgomery city bus.

Coretta described this early period of her marriage and work with husband King: “As the boycott continued, I had a growing sense that I was involved in something so much greater than myself, something of profound historic importance.”

When her husband was tragically assassinated in April of 1968, thirteen years into the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, the young widow and mother of four children did not give up the and quit but instead she stepped right into the role of “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement”, fearlessly championing the mission she and her husband had helped to launch.

An author, activist, and civil rights leader in her own right, Coretta worked to make her husband’s birthday a national holiday, and fought until the end of her life for racial and gender equality, religious freedoms, economic justice, and countless other causes.


Adventures require tremendous strength and wisdom from its participants, to be sure. In the story of Coretta Scott King, in your opinion, how did she exhibit (show) strength and wisdom? Could you have done what she did?


Today, in practice, let’s practice the virtue of ADVENTURE, by having a great attitude and demonstrating confidence in the coaches and the game plan as we get ready to improve ourselves and get ready for our opponent this week.


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

Be ADVENTUROUS today and embrace talking/mentoring a player you don’t normally talk to.

Ask them why they are playing the sport.

Ask them, also, how you can help them better.


Lord Jesus, You showed the virtue of ADVENTURE when you decided to become man and come to earth saving us from sin. Give us this same love of ADVENTURE! We want to be like You! Help us to love You, to not be afraid, but to embrace the life you have prepared for us. Jesus, we trust in You!


When you wake up each day this week, decide to see each day as a new ADVENTURE. Dare to try something new, regardless if you succeed or fail. Experience the ADVENTURE of life!


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


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for the newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.” – Alexandre Dumas


“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging and it’s very difficult to find anyone.” – Gandalf (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit)


“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” – Augustine of Hippo


“Nobody who says, “I told you so” has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.” – Ursula K. Le Guin


“I do not insist,” answered Don Quixote, “that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


“I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.” – Edmund Hillary


Mark 15: 43

Joseph, he of Arimathea, noble and honorable in rank and a respected member of the council (Sanhedrin), who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, daring the consequences, took courage and ventured to go to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.


When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-community beset by infections. Over the years, travelers and seamen had introduced diseases like influenza and syphilis. Yet none were as bad as Hansen’s Disease, more commonly known as leprosy. First reported in Hawaii in 1840, leprosy devastated people in many ways. First, because the disease was highly contagious and untreatable until the 1930s, people contracting it had no hope of recovery. This often led to deep depression among its sufferers. Second, leprosy caused a progressive degeneration of their skin, eyes, and limbs. It thus disfigured people and eventually immobilized them. Finally, few diseases isolated people from their communities as much as leprosy. Sufferers were seen as outcasts and cautioned to stay away from everyone else.

In 1866, to curb the spread of the disease, Hawaiian authorities decided to consign lepers to an isolated community on the island of Molokai. On three sides, the colony, called Kalaupapa, bordered the Pacific Ocean, and the fourth side featured massive, 1,600-foot cliffs. Once the lepers were out of sight and no longer a threat to the general population, the government turned a blind eye to their basic needs. Shipments of food and supplies slowed down, and the government removed most of its personnel. The result was a highly dysfunctional community marked by poverty, alcoholism, violence, and promiscuity.

In time, Damien came to see the neglected colony as the answer to his boyhood longings for adventurous missionary work. He asked the local bishop for permission to go to Molokai, and the bishop not only granted approval, but personally accompanied Damien to the island. He introduced Damien to the 816 community members as “one who will be a father to you and who loves you so much that he does not hesitate to become one of you, to live and die with you”.