Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

OneCoach: Listen Up!

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…”—Luke 16:10a

I’ve always admired legendary college basketball coach John Wooden. One particular interview he gave several years ago while promoting his “Pyramid of Success” caught my attention. When asked about the most valuable piece of advice he’d ever given his players, his answer surprised me. It was quite simple, “Put your socks on correctly.”

Over time, coach Wooden noticed that his players weren’t smoothing out the wrinkles around their toes and heels, which caused painful blisters. He also made sure his players laced up their sneakers correctly and wore the right size.

Of all the advice he gave his players, why was this the most important? This was important because he couldn’t coach a team to victory while they sat on the bench with blisters. And so it is with God. If we won’t listen to His instructions on the small things in life, we remain on the sidelines unable to make a difference in the big moments in the game of life.

—Jenna Sampson

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