Friday, August 24, 2012
Who Is The Greatest Among You?
About half way through the workout, Jane Morrill's shoe came untied (while she was jumping rope). I kept watching as she completed her jumps and immediately went down to the floor for her set of sit-ups. One of our freshmen, Xena King was holding her feet during the sit-ups and without saying a word Xena started tieing Jane's shoe. Within a few minutes Hanna Qedan was jumping rope and the same thing happened. Her shoe came untied and while she went into her sit-ups another freshman, Jessica Flanery started tieing her shoe. I couldn't help but smile as this took place. Remember, this task was timed so none of our players wanted to stop their workout and waste time tieing their shoe.
We met as a team after the workout and I told the players that there was a great lesson learned (unintentionally) in the weight room just now. Well, two lessons, the first being we apparently need better shoe strings. The second is that I reminded them that to be a great leader you must first . . . become a servant.
To get on the floor to tie someones shoe is taking on a servants mentality. To take water to a teammate is to take on a servants mentality. I touched on the spiritual message too in that repeatedly The Bible discusses taking on the role of a servant. Afterwards I had to do my research to find examples. In Mark 9: 33-37 the disciples were arguing over who was the greatest among them and Jesus made it very clear by saying "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." Mark 10: 45 says "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." John 13: 1-15 tells about Jesus washing his Disciples' feet. He says in verses 14 - 15 "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one anothers feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you."
Posted by Coach 'B at 10:45 AM