This week’s tip is from Villanova head coach, Jay Wright and the Epistle of James. Wright won his first NCAA championship as head coach earlier this week.


“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

Monday night’s NCAA championship game between North Carolina and Villanova ended in dramatic fashion. After the amazing last second shot made by Villanova Kris Jenkins, Coach Wright had a fascinating reaction. You’ve probably seen it many times as it’s made the rounds on social media and he was asked about it numerous times. The video of his reaction is below.

Coach Wright said he was still in “coaching mode” and thought the officials might put some time back on the clock. He didn’t think the game was over yet. Could you imagine if the officials did put time back on the clock… and could you imagine if UNC somehow tied the game with another miraculous three pointer? Given the way the game ended it’s not out of the realm of possibility to imagine it!

In this context Wright’s reaction is amazing. How many times would we be spared embarrassment or humiliation or disaster if we headed James’ command to be slow to speak, slow to become angry, slow to react?

Basketball requires lighting fast reactions on the court but rarely does life require lighting fast reactions with our emotions or tongue.
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