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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: March Madness
By Carol Combs
03/19/05


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I hate sports. My husband and I made an agreement when we got married the only sport he would watch would be college basketball Ė I thought I could stand life as long as there was no football or baseball. So, I tolerated it, only dreading the constant game every March.

After 15 years or so, I started watching the games with him Ė I wanted him to care about what I cared about, so it was only fair. I got to know the local college players, recognize the coaches. I pretty much understand 2 and 3 point shots, but even though itís been explained many times, picks and screens are still a mystery.

Commentators talk about funny things Ė stars, unselfish players. Teams crowd around the coach during time-outs, and hang on his every word. He diagrams probably complicated plays, and specifically assigns roles for players to play. Those on the bench cheer their teammates on, and wait for the tap to go in. Even those wearing warm-ups pull for those in the action, and listen closely to the coach. Thereís talk of senior leadership, freshman mistakes.

I want the limelight. I want to shine. God knows that, so Heís kept me pretty anonymous. This is good, because He knows I might forget Who the coach is, if Iím allowed to hog the ball. Even though Iíve run all the drills, studied all the plays, often it seems others get tapped to go in the game, while Iím still wearing a warm-up suit. Iím ashamed I donít always cheer for my teammates, happy when we score or win a game. Iíve made many freshman mistakes.

Itís time for me to step up, play gladly the role Iím assigned, to model what Iíve learned to those who are younger. Itís time to cheer. Itís time to hang on the Coachís every Word. Itís time to want only God to get the glory. Itís time to always be ready to give the reason for the hope that I have. I may be tapped, or my role may only be to pray for my teammates, and our foes. Itís time to be willing to be last. That would be senior leadership.


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Deena Walls03/21/05
A very creative way to take the topic and salt it with your struggles and sucess ! Good Job !
donna robinson03/22/05
Yes, sports can teach us a lot of things! Good main character voice here and the analogy played well.
Delores Baber03/23/05
A wise person learns from life's lessons and becomes wiser still. You have demonstrated examples where wisdom was gleamed in less than hoped for circumstances. Thanks.
Cheryl Johnson03/23/05
Nice take with the sports angle. Well done.