This weeks tip is from former Alabama football coach, Paul “Bear” Bryant. Bryant won 323 games over 38 seasons with various schools, including 6 national titles while at Alabama.

I saw a video of Coach Bryant and some of his former Alabama players making the rounds on Facebook. In it, he and the players quote a poem by Dr. Heartsill Wilson.

This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important,
because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving something in its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not a loss;
good, not evil;
success, not failure —
in order that I shall not forget the price I paid for it.

The price we pay for our pursuits, our activities, our achievements or lack thereof, is the time the Lord gave us. Playing sports can teach us all kinds of valuable lessons. But it is not the wins and losses that determine whether or not our time has produced gain or loss, good or evil, success or failure.

I believe serious, dedicated athletes know exactly what will determine the value of their time on the court or field. It could be conquering a flaw, gaining confidence in a new skill, doing a better job at accepting constructive criticism, or demonstrating work ethic to someone who lacks it. If you don’t know what that thing is for you, ask your coach or parent. They’ll know. Just like Coach Bryant knew.

 

When I see the former players paying tribute to Coach Bryant, a man that died over 30 years ago, I see men carrying on the legacy of someone they loved… someone that had a huge impact on their lives.  The words, thoughts, and beliefs of Coach Bryant are still with us, because his players are. What a wonderful thing to have a positive impact long after your days on earth are over.  I think we’d all like to have the same kind of legacy.  We all have thoughts, and strong held beliefs, and stories rattling around our minds waiting to get out, waiting to be shared, waiting to have an impact.  I hope my story, The Blue Team, will have a lasting legacy.  I will be judged by its words, for good or bad.  I hope and pray those words produce nothing but good.  Perhaps you’d like to see for yourself… and let me know what you think.  The Blue Team is currently 25% off for Father’s Day.

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