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Encouragement in Athletics Blog


Tough assignments

September 11, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

I just finished a book titled Killing the Rising Sun. t’s about the final days of World War II dealing directly with the War in the Pacific with Japan. Details described the terror of war and the destructive atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The pilots who dropped those bombs knew the devastation they were going to cause; however, they also knew the alternative of losing the war. With only two options, the pilots were given orders and followed through on the task…even though it was a tough assignment.

Jesus said, “Abba Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Christ knew the pain He was about to endure through the crucifixion…it was to be a tough assignment. He knew it so intimately that the Bible states that while He was praying, His sweat was like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44). His soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death (Mark 14:34). There was NO alternative. The assignment was given by God, and carried out.

How do we handle tough assignments and how do our athletes handle them? Does our response demonstrate unity and cooperation? It’s something we should consider. Does our “attempt” reflect the effort, focus, and heart of Christ? We must be intentional to follow through on even the toughest assignments, to the end! Quitting seems so easily accepted in our culture. Therefore, coaches must also strongly encourage athletes to follow through…with everything. Whether you’re technically teaching or designing a play, ensure your athletes follow through and execute. The alternative is to stain the name of the one whom we worship…Jesus Christ.