Recently USA Today sports reported a story titled “Love Clint.” It’s the inspirational story of Pirates manger Clint Hurdle making a difference with his daily words. Hurdle enters “Thought of The Day” into his smartphone and sends it to his players, players’ wives, coaching friends and many of his friends from all over the world. Here is an example of one he sent:
Tim Wrightman, a former All-American UCLA football player, tells a story about how, as a rookie lineman in the National Football League, he was up against the legendary pass rusher Lawrence Taylor. Taylor was not only physically powerful and uncommonly quick, but a master at verbal intimidation. Looking Tim in the eye, [Taylor] said, ‘Sonny, get ready. I’m going left and there’s nothing you can do about it.’ Wrightman coolly responded, “Sir, is that your left or mine?” The question froze Taylor long enough to allow Wrightman to throw a perfect block on him. It’s amazing what we can accomplish if we refuse to be afraid.
Fear — whether it’s of pain, failure or rejection–– is a toxic emotion that creates monsters in our mind that consume self-confidence and intimidate us from doing our best or sometimes even trying at all. Make a difference today.
Sent from my iPhone
When asked about his “Thought of The Day” he said, “Very little of what I send is written by me. It’s by authors I respect. … When I send these, I’m not thinking, the players or so-and-so needs to read this. Most of the time the so-and-so who needs to read it is me.” Many of his thoughts are based on scripture. In fact, Chad Bonham asked him for his favorite scripture and he replied, “Romans 8:28. ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’ It’s the one that’s become the most fertile and the most meaningful for my soul. It reminds me that with challenge comes opportunity.” Whether you’re a coach, a player, or a fan, your words can bring encouragement and inspiration to those you influence. Make a difference today by encouraging others with the Word of God.
1. What stood out in the story?
2. How can you encourage your teammates? How about your coaches?
3. Read the following scriptures and discuss how each one should encourage you and your teammates.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. (NIV)
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)
Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (NLT)
Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)
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