Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

OneCoach: Play the Right Way

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”—Philippians 2:4 (KJV)

For former NBA head coach Larry Brown, the above phrase is more than just a quote, but something he believes in and preaches to his team continuously. He doesn’t accept half-heartedness or lazy playing, but in fighting for every rebound, chasing after every loose ball and giving their all in every aspect of the game.

Nor does he accept selfish playing, but insists on being a team and playing as a team. It isn’t about what’s best for the individual, but what’s best for the team. This is what coach Brown refers to as “playing the right way.”

Max Lucado wrote a book titled, It’s not about me. This book talked about how we are often self-centered and are only “looking out for number one.” We seem to have the attitude that life is supposed to be about us. But God did not create us so He could revolve around us and serve us. He created us so that we would revolve around Him. We were created by God to serve Him, to worship Him and to live for Him.

There is no room in God’s plan for us to be selfish, but we often are. To have the mind of Christ and to think of others, is something we must continually strive for each day. In fact, the Bible tells us that the world will know we are His disciples if we have love for one another.

May we pray every day that God would give us the heart and mind of a servant, to think about others before ourselves and to give our all for the Lord, because He gave His all for us!

—Jason Belcher

OneCoach, part of the Sports Spectrum Network, is an international community of coaches and spouses who have been uniquely gifted and called by God. Visit OneCoach.org for more stories and videos.

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