Game of Life
Each week the wonderful Pete Court brings us his own unique perspective on life.
Train in Rain.
Last time, we talked about the idea that training; even when it doesn’t matter, it matters. Even when you don’t want to, it’s important. I mentioned that it was cold, windy, rainy and I was going out to train. What I didn’t mention is that I’m the coach. So I can stand under the shelter and shout from the sidelines. I’m quite allowed to sit in the club room and watch through the glass. But I don’t. I stand out on the pitch with the players, in the rain and cold. And it’s because of my spiritual life.
How can I know what my team are feeling, what they are going through, how they are working, unless I’m right there with them? Also, how can they trust me to know what they need, if I’m not willing to go through the cold hard times with them? Why should they trust me?
And so it is in my relationship with Jesus. If you missed the recent Easter celebrations you missed the whole point. That Jesus came here, put up with all the dumb, petty, political, selfish, angry, stupidness that we humans throw at each other and still he was able to say “Hey, let’s forgive them”.
In coaching terms Jesus has stood out there in the cold and the hail and run alongside me. Even though he so totally didn’t need to, for himself. He did all that, for me. That’s how much he cares. And how much he wants me to know he cares.
I froze out on the pitch as my team ran around training. Why? So I would know what they were going through. So they would know I know what they are going through. And because I care. And when my life falls in a heap, as it does with disconcerting regularity, I know that I am not alone on the field. He is there, beside me, going through it with me. Because he cares.
Because It Doesn’t Matter – So it’s cold. It’s raining. It’s windy. And it’s training night.
Thinking and not Thinking – I coach a lot of very smart people.
Uncruel to be Kind – I once had a coach who wanted to create a tough team.
Are You a Leader? – On field leaders aren’t always immediately obvious.
Coaching Greatness – When Michael Phelps was a little kid and his mum took him
Take a Rest – It’s like the song says “To everything, there is a season,
Trashing is for Losers – We’ve been talking about how confidence is so important to life and to sport.
What Really Counts – It doesn’t take long, watching and coaching, even playing sport
Watch What You’re Doing – As a coach, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching your players…
Trying Too Hard – It’s preseason for winter sports and as a coach I’m working with players…
Who Do You Hit? – I have had the great joy of coaching kids.
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…