LESSON: Former Major League Baseball player Sam Ewing once said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”
We’ve all heard quotes and clichés such as this relating to working hard; and if you’ve ever been involved in sports, then this concept has undoubtedly been ingrained into you.
Success DOES NOT come without sacrificing personal time and energy; we all know this is true. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to succeed in sports, school, work, or family life, success always requires a commitment to excellence that can only be obtained through hard work.
God tells us that to achieve true fruit of labor, then we must work with all of our being, and more importantly, with the RIGHT INTENTIONS. In today’s sports environment, young athletes often only see success gained through hard work as a means for self-promotion and gratification. God wants us to display the talents he has given us and use them to reach others, whether they are teammates or complete strangers.
In your next Huddle, talk to your team about the importance of hard work, not just to reach the pinnacle of success on the court, but also to glorify God in the successes, failures, and time spent improving along the way.
TEACHING SITUATIONS: Before practice, emphasize that to improve (individually and as a team) and to achieve the team’s goals, your athletes must be willing to put in the time and effort.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV) 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.