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.
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.
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.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
“The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.” – Thomas Carlyle
“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
“This is how most people live: alive, but not conscious; conscious but not aware; aware, but intermittently.” – Sebastian Faulks
“Life is about mindfulness. It’s about being in the moment, being aware.” – Katie Kacvinsky
“Maintaining your awareness of little victories keeps you going on the way to your big dreams.” – Andrea Goeglein
“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