The real game reveals our soul.
My favorite time as a coach is in the sanctuary with the players; away from the rest of the world as we prepare for battle.
Rarely does the game of football have lethal consequence. But it does have serious implications for all of those who play the game.
Friends, fans, and media only know the scoreboard, they don’t know the real game. The real game holds us accountable in a way that goes beyond our job security, money, and notoriety. Its implications are long-term and they echo into eternity.
The real game doesn’t see the scoreboard. The real game sees our soul. In my soul as your coach, the real game finds compassion, love, empathy and a heart screaming out for success for the guys in the room!
In the real game, when you step across the line onto the field, your actions reflect your heart. In this brotherhood of shared stress, excitement, blood, sweat and tears we find camaraderie and love. Scripture states: There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend.
Not love in the emotional sense and not literally lay down our life. Love in the sense of doing what is right because we are part of a team that depends on us. Laying down our life in the sense of giving our best, day in and day out so as not to let our brothers down. Laying down our life as in each and every snap on game day giving all we have for a friend (the team).
When the final whistle blows may our actions reflect our heart. When we watch the video all shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. Then we will stand in judgement win or lose with no regrets!
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