Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
In Curtis Eichelberger’s new book Men of Sunday he recounts coaches Tony Dungy, Marvin Lewis, and Brad Childress talking about the importance of having men of faith on their rosters.
“These players understand there is something bigger than themselves and realize that someday they’ll have to answer for their actions. The result is oftentimes a greater sense of humility, a willingness to think about the team over themselves, and the realization that their talent isn’t their due, but rather a gift from God to be used for His purpose.
For instance, “Tennessee Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck gathers with the team’s other QBs before they take the field for what they call the Quarterbacks Prayer.
The prayer isn’t scripted, Hasselbeck says, but it goes something like this:
‘God, there are so many people counting on us today: our teammates, our coaches, our families, the people in the stands. I pray that we wouldn’t look for their approval.
I pray that we look for Your approval; that we play for an audience of one today. And knowing that we’ve worked hard and prepared, I pray that You’d slow things down and give us a peace that can only come from You, and take that pressure and burden off us so we can go out and play knowing that at the end of the day, win, lose, or draw, You did that.
We pray that we make the most of our God-given abilities. God, I need Your help. Please walk with me today. In Your name. Amen.’ ” 1
Those men want to be faithful despite their circumstances.
Faithfulness is a challenge. The songwriter sang,
“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name…(because) you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” 2
God is faithful and expects his people to be faithful too:
– Recognizing that there is something bigger than themselves
– Realizing that someday they’ll have to answer for their actions
The result of that transformation echoes further:
– We expose in a greater sense of humility
– We demonstrate a willingness to think about the team over themselves
– We share our gifts and talents more freely for God to be used for His purpose.
May that be our legacy.
1 – Curtis Eichelberger’s Men of Sunday
2 – Psalm 86:11, 15, NIV