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Moms on the Bench
It all starts with a dream
The Basketball season has started. It's my favorite time of the year. The excitement, the nerve-racking hours on the bleachers; dropping them and picking them from practice; helping at the concession stands; watching the game and disecting the plays; living thru' the tears and basking in their victorious laughter. That is what the season is all about; it is living on the fast court. It is sitting with other moms and chatting about our players, cheering them on and praying for them. It builds a fraternity or sorority like none other.
I cannot think of playing to win in any sport without the story of the Dallas Cowboys coming to mind. Back to back victories by the Dallas Cowboys at the Super Bowl in 1993 and 1994 may mask the fact that Jimmy Johnson, the team's legendary former coach knew as much about losing as he did about winning. Yes, he did. In 1989, his first season at Dallas, Johnson's team had only one win and fifteen losses. Johnson kept a positive attitude. If a running back had the ball, he shouted, "Protect the ball", rather than "Don't fumble". To his field-goal kickers he'd say, "Make this," not "Don't miss." After a loss, he would spend his post-game time plotting the next win, rather than second-guessing what had gone wrong.
The Cowboys responded and improved. It took four years, but the Super Bowl rings were on their fingers. You may not win every tournament or every game, but the person who plays to win always has a much better chance.
When the game is over, no matter what the score, let it be said of your team, "They left it all on the court". What a compliment. They held nothing back, they gave all they had and then some.
"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (making us conquerors) through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57 AMP