After failing to show the attitude necessary for being a good team mate, our coaching staff benched one of our starters last week. The only problem is by doing so, this decision left us with only 8 players on the ball field. However, sometimes you have to take a stand, hold your ground and send a message to a specific individual.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones, Proverbs 17:22.
In the film Hoosiers, Gene Hackman plays legendary coach Norm Dale. Based upon a true story, this former college basketball coach running from a tainted past, tries to send a message to his new high school team. As parents try to sway his coaching style, Dale disciplines a student who begins to play outside of his system. When Hickory’s last remaining bench player fouls out, Dale decides to play the rest of the game with 4 players.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him, Colossians 3:17.
When one person becomes bigger than their group or team, people notice this. However, in an age starving for leadership, few have the guts to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. This might explain why certain college programs are either under investigation or on probation for ethics violations, doing whatever it takes to win. What good is this doing anyone unless truth prevails. There is something far superior than instant gratification. May the conviction of the Holy Spirit lead you to make the right decisions in the future.
by Jay Mankus