When I was coaching at Coastal Carolina, I used to lead a devotional with our team on games days – prior to our pregame meal. My favorite devotional was the one before our 1st game. I used this message that was given to me by our Chaplain at Birmingham-Southern.
The Beginning of the Day
This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is very important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone – forever leaving something in its place I have traded for it. I want it to be a gain, not loss – good, not evil – success, not failure – in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.
After reading it to the team, I re-read it and replaced the word day with season and the word tomorrow with next season.
It was a great way to help our players focus and remember how special it is to be on a team and how quickly each season goes by.
To those coaching and playing at EVERY level of basketball – I hope you squeeze every ounce of your ability this season and that you value each day you are together – with the excitement & wonder of a 5 year old with a basket and a gym to themselves.