Field of Faith Devotion Week 06 - Love is not Easily Angered

Field Focus:
This week of practice will focus on catching. There will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of proper catching techniques and ball security.  
(See Practice Plan)
(See Playbook)

Faith Focus: Love - Does Not Dishonor Others
Family Game Time - 4 Way Tug o War
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Memory Verse: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Family Focus:
“An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man increases rebellion.” – Proverbs 29:22

Last year I heard a coach tell his ninth grade football team on game day, “I don’t want to hear any laughing or see any smiling. When you hit that field, you better be filled with anger.” Thirty minutes later, on the same campus, I heard the head varsity coach tell a player, “You cannot play angry.

Why not? Do you make smart or foolish decisions when you play angry?” The boys answered correctly: foolish.

We learn in 3D Coaching that while short-term anger may have some immediate benefit, long-term anger will only hurt performance and cause all sorts of problems.

Like Balaam in Numbers 22:29, when we are challenged by the truth, our pride gets hurt and we lash out in anger. Like Cain who was jealous when his brother’s gift was accepted and his wasn’t (Genesis 4:3-7), we get resentful at another athlete’s success that we desire for ourselves. Like Haman, furious because Mordecai wouldn’t bow before him (Esther 3:1-6), we insist on getting our own way. We, like Saul who was envious to the point of rage over David’s popularity, our jealousy even keeps us from celebrating the success of our teammate.

Coaches and athletes often use anger to motivate. It is not smart because anger actually prevents focus and leads to foolish decisions. Anger is not nearly as motivating as love and joy. It is not difficult to think of examples of a player reacting in anger in way that hurts her and her team. In sport and in life, we need to be clearheaded, not hotheaded.

1. What triggers your anger when you compete?


2. What are some ways you can keep from reacting when you feel angry?


3. How can you and your teammates help each other stay clear headed?


Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 19:11, Ecclesiastes 7:9, Galatians 5:19-25

Prayer
Father, through your Holy Spirit keep me from sinning when I am angry, amen.




Marcus Preciado
Field of Faith Devotion Week 05 - Love Does Not Dishonor Others

Field Focus:
This week of practice will focus on catching. There will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of proper catching techniques and ball security.  
(See Practice Plan)
(See Playbook)

Faith Focus: Love - Does Not Dishonor Others
Family Game Time - Trivia Relay Race
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Memory Verse: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Family Focus:
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others." -Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)

Touchdown celebrations have reached a whole new level these days. High-fives from your teammates just don’t cut it anymore. After making a touchdown catch against the Giants in week 15 of the 2003 season, New Orleans Saints’ wide receiver Joe Horn pulled out his cell phone from the goalpost and made a call from the end zone. One NFL coach responded, “This is a team game. There was a quarterback that threw the ball, and there was an offensive line that protected for him. I just think that when you draw attention to yourself, it’s not necessary.”

“TLINAU” was put on a license plate and it stood for “This life is not about us,” he replied. I was intrigued by the message as I thought about how often I selfishly live my life as if the world does revolve around me. Oh, of course, I would never say that it does, but don’t we often do things in a way that says “It’s all about me”?

In the sports world, it’s important to remember that purposely drawing attention to yourself minimizes the efforts of the rest of the team. It’s selfish and arrogant, and such showboating drives a stake between you and your teammates. Jesus Christ came to Earth to carry out the will of God for the benefit of others and to give up His life so that others could live. He was all about serving other people through love. He did nothing out of selfish ambition. May we follow His example and remember that this life is not about us but about serving God and serving others.

1. What is something you have done to draw attention to yourself in competition?

2. Why should you honor others above yourself?

3. What can you do today to take the focus off yourself?

Matthew 20:28; Romans 12:3,10,16; Philippians 2:4-7


Prayer
Father, I realize that many times the motivation behind my actions is not honorable. Please teach me how to put others’ needs before my own, for this life is not about me.

Marcus Preciado
Field of Faith Devotion Week 04 - Love Does Not Boast, Love is Not Proud

Field Focus:
This week of practice will focus on catching. There will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of proper catching techniques and ball security.  
(See Practice Plan)
(See Playbook)


Faith Focus: Love - Does Not Boast
Family Game Time - “Not Boast” Football Toss Challenge
Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Memory Verse: 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Family Focus:
Read as a family Proverbs 27:2 - Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.  

Discuss what this looks like in a day.  In our culture it seems like we are so quick to boast and point to the great things we do as individuals where the Bible says to let others be first to praise you.

Marcus Preciado