This weekend, the college basketball championships will be played out in what is called “March Madness”. On Sunday, professional baseball starts their season. All across the United States, spring sports like track, tennis, baseball, and softball will be played over the next few months. There are many lessons we can learn from sports that can be applied in life. One major lesson is the need for courage.
In sports, teammates encourage each other to pull together. The tougher the opponent, the more teams seem to pull together. In youth softball or baseball leagues the infielders pull for the pitcher and everyone says good pitch. If the ball is hit to a fielder and they throw the batter out, everyone compliments the good play. Each teammate builds confidence that permeates throughout the team and there is no fear of failure.
We can apply the same principle of courage at our jobs, businesses, churches, and organizations. Employees are like teammates who encourage each other to pull together. The tougher the project, the more they pull together. With good leadership, the team pulls together and each member complements the other. If a potential problem arises and the team member is able to handle it before it becomes a major problem, everyone should applaud the action taken. Then, just like in sports, each employee or member builds confidence and this confidence permeates throughout so there is no fear of failure.
When there is a lack of courage, usually bad things happen. Have you ever noticed at the end of a game when teams get ahead and then for some reason they stop what they were doing and start milking the clock. I remember back in the 2006 NBA championships when the Dallas Mavericks led in the series with two wins and the Miami Heat had not won a game in the best of seven.
The Mavericks were up by 15 points in the fourth quarter of game 3. Then, rather than have the courage to continue with what they had going for them, they suddenly changed strategy and started trying to play out the clock. This fear of failure ended up costing them the game. They really never got back their momentum throughout the series and ended up losing the series and the NBA championship to Miami.
The lesson is to continue doing what works and simply tweak the things that may need to be worked on; having confidence in your own abilities and not always following what polls, advisors, or experts say. Sometimes, it’s a gut feeling and every situation may be different.
Another basketball example about courage is the Baylor University Lady Bears basketball team of 2005. They were never predicted to win the national championship. In fact, they were the underdogs throughout the NCAA tournament. But with a growing confidence, they defied the odds and just went about their business. Right now, they are going after their 3rd National championship. Their coach, Kim Mulky is a member of the church I attend and the whole city of Waco is behind the team.
How can we have confidence about the future? Are there lessons from the Bible we can learn about courage? If you believe that God is in control, thoughts of fear can be mastered.
For building faith in God’s power, limitless, and promises there is an on-line devotional I’m using to keep me on track. I invite you to join the journey or check in from time to time for some inspiration by liking or following at the links below:
- Inner Strength (bruceharrisonjr.wordpress.com)
- True Courage is Taking Action Despite Fear… (bobchoat.com)