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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
TITLE: March Madness
By Carol Combs
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After 15 years or so, I started watching the games with him – 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 it’s been explained many times, picks and screens are still a mystery.
Commentators talk about funny things – 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. There’s talk of senior leadership, freshman mistakes.
I want the limelight. I want to shine. God knows that, so He’s kept me pretty anonymous. This is good, because He knows I might forget Who the coach is, if I’m allowed to hog the ball. Even though I’ve run all the drills, studied all the plays, often it seems others get tapped to go in the game, while I’m still wearing a warm-up suit. I’m ashamed I don’t always cheer for my teammates, happy when we score or win a game. I’ve made many freshman mistakes.
It’s time for me to step up, play gladly the role I’m assigned, to model what I’ve learned to those who are younger. It’s time to cheer. It’s time to hang on the Coach’s every Word. It’s time to want only God to get the glory. It’s 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. It’s time to be willing to be last. That would be senior leadership.
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