Game of Life
Each week the wonderful Pete Court brings us his own unique perspective on life.
Last time, we looked at playing with a mongrel attitude; that gutsy, ruthless, unstoppable passion that marks all great players. Even the most placid, peaceful winners have that uncompromising heart. But it’s easy to make a simple mistake here and end up in all manner of trouble.
The first problem, as noted previously, is to fight the weaknesses in other people, not ourselves. So in the game of life, as in the game of sport, be responsible for yourself and fight the weakness in yourself. Fight it relentlessly.
The other thing we need to do is play with Aggression and not anger. Aggression is the focussed intent of passion. I love what I do so I will passionately do it. However, to say you are passionate is one thing, but it only matters when you are passionate ABOUT something.
A winner is not passionate about winning, because that is a vaguery based on the actions of others. Winners are passionate about specific things. Doing better than last time, not letting themselves miss the tackle, no bad passes, whatever their game is about. That is aggression. Passion with an intentional focus.
I think Jesus could be said to be aggressively loving, ruthlessly selfless and intently passionate about grace. The whole thing falls apart, for both sport and for your game of life, when you mix up aggression and anger. Aggression fuels you and directs you. Anger confuses and misleads you to attack something external, rather than pursue your own passion.
For example, an angry tackler will take out the player, giveaway the free, lose. An aggressive tackler will focus on getting control for themselves, denying the opposition, and thus, winning. And it’s the same in your spiritual life. Being aggressive in your faith keeps you focussed, driven and able to see opportunities.
To live angry drives you to be bitter, unfocused and without a clear goal. As you play the game, so play your life. Always passionately focussed, always aggressive. But never play angry.
Get Aggro – Last time, we looked at playing with a mongrel attitude;
Be a Mongrel – Winning teams always have a bit of the mongrel about them. Some call it heart. Or guts.
Do you turn up? – There’s nothing worse than organising a team and then finding on the day, that half the team has decided
Take a look at yourself! – Coaching new hockey players has taught me to look at myself.
Dropping the ball – How can a professional footballer drop a chest mark?
Risk it all – Holidays are a time to reconsider. To think about the future, the plans, the way things are happening.
Be in the game – How rare is it to win a Grand Final!?
About the Umpire… – Like it or not, no game can be played without an Umpire,
Get Your Head in the Training. – Last time we noticed that in sport you train for hours to play one discreet game but in life
The Life in Training. – There are many lessons in faith to learn from the lessons of sport,
Having a swing at Sir Don – It’s cricket season so let me share an obvious faith fact.
Are you fit enough for the game? – Fitness is often misunderstood. I often face players who will come to the sideline
It Ain’t Punishment – Have you ever watched a coach on TV ripping into a player on the sideline?
Beaten By The Losers – We’ve all seen it. Probably even done it. The top team goes out and gets rolled by the bottom team.
Playing Hurt – The problem with Sport is, it can hurt. I had an uncle who played rugby in England…
The Team Doesn’t Matter – So just because the Grand Final doesn’t feature ‘My’ team, will it be worth watching?…
The Better Players – There’s something about sport that just rocks…
The Truth of Cliche-topia – Hard ball gets. The one percenters. Putting the body on the line. It’s Cliché-topia when the commentators get going…
Call It What It Is – “Feel the burn, run through the wall, it’s a good hurt”…
Playing to Win – Don’t play to win the game…
The Same Team – I just saw a bunch of weekend warriors go past. Sometimes they are on bikes, wearing disturbing Lycra…
Athletes who Cross – When a sportsperson does their thing well, it’s interesting to see who gets the credit…