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


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Maybe some of your athletes could start a SportsLeader Bible Study Groupgroup to help them find a purpose or identity away from their sport, especially when injured.

Your sport does not define WHO you are.

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INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME

This week our virtue theme is AWARE – The strength to perceive and notice the circumstances that surround you. Being AWARE is necessary for success in life! We need to be AWARE on this team, of what we are doing, what are teammates are doing and what our coaches want us to be doing.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our wills to be more AWARE in our pursuit of You! We want to grow in strength and love; help us to be AWARE of You and Your love for us.

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

STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER

Love, wealth and success

A woman came out of her house and saw three old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She said, “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry. Please come in and have something to eat.”

“Is the man of the house home?” they asked. “No”, she said. “He’s out.”

“Then we cannot come in”, they replied.

In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened. “Go tell them I am home and invite them in,” he said.

The woman went out and invited the men in. “We do not go into a house together,” they replied. “Why is that?” she wanted to know. One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth,” he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing to another one, “He is Success, and I am Love.” Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed. “How nice!” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth. Let him come and fill our home with wealth!”

His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?” Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house. She jumped in with her own suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with love!”

“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”

The woman went out and asked the three old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.” Love got up and started walking toward the house. The other two also got up and followed him.

Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success: “I only invited Love, why are you coming in?” The old men replied together: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would’ve stayed out, but since you invited Love, wherever He goes, we go with him. Wherever there is Love, there is also Wealth and Success!”

QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS

How many of you would have asked for Wealth? How many of you would have asked for Success? How many of you would have asked for Love? What do you think most sports teams would ask for? Do you believe that TEAMS that love each other more often, win more? Why or why not?

RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME

Be more AWARE of your teammates in practice today. Notice their effort, their attitude, their strengths and their weaknesses.

MENTORING QUESTIONS

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

What do you like most about playing sports? (*substitute the actual sport the player is actually playing)

How would your life be different if you weren’t playing sports?

END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER

Lord God, You were quite AWARE of the sacrifice you were asked to give for our sakes. Yet, You did not refuse this mission. Instead, You chose to give your life as that sacrifice because You love us. Help us, Lord, to be more AWARE of Your love; and help us, Lord to love others the way You love us, daily.

WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK

Be more aware of your actions this week in school and at home. How do you get along with your fellow classmates in school and/or your parents at home? How could you get along better?

AWARE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK

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

MONDAY

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

TUESDAY

“The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.” – Thomas Carlyle

WEDNESDAY

“I had to admit that I wasn’t good enough for the majors. It broke my heart, but I learned to judge a ballplayer’s capabilities the hard way—-by having to recognize my own incapabilities.”- Earl Weaver

THURSDAY

“This is how most people live: alive, but not conscious; conscious but not aware; aware, but intermittently.” – Sebastian Faulks

FRIDAY

“Life is about mindfulness. It’s about being in the moment, being aware.” – Katie Kacvinsky

SATURDAY

“Maintaining your awareness of little victories keeps you going on the way to your big dreams.” – Andrea Goeglein

SUNDAY

“Death changes us, the living. In the presence of death, we become more aware of life…It can inspire us to decide what really matters in life—-and then to seek it.” – Candy Lightner

BIBLE QUOTE

Mark 5: 25-34

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.

She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.

She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak.

She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”

Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”

But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

And he looked around to see who had done it.

The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

SAINT LEO THE GREAT

Leo is known as one of the best administrative popes of the ancient Church. His work branched into four main areas, indicative of his notion of the pope’s total responsibility for the flock of Christ. He worked at length to control the heresies of Pelagianism—overemphasizing human freedom—Manichaeism—seeing everything material as evil—and others, placing demands on their followers so as to secure true Christian beliefs.

A second major area of his concern was doctrinal controversy in the Church in the East, to which he responded with a classic letter setting down the Church’s teaching on the two natures of Christ. With strong faith, he also led the defense of Rome against barbarian attack, taking the role of peacemaker.

In these three areas, Leo’s work has been highly regarded. His growth to sainthood has its basis in the spiritual depth with which he approached the pastoral care of his people, which was the fourth focus of his work. He is known for his spiritually profound sermons. An instrument of the call to holiness, well-versed in Scripture and ecclesiastical awareness, Leo had the ability to reach the everyday needs and interests of his people. One of his sermons is used in the Office of Readings on Christmas.

It is said of Leo that his true significance rests in his doctrinal insistence on the mysteries of Christ and the Church and in the supernatural charisms of the spiritual life given to humanity in Christ and in his Body, the Church. Thus Leo held firmly that everything he did and said as pope for the administration of the Church represented Christ, the head of the Mystical Body, and Saint Peter, in whose place Leo acted.

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