Monday, June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 - Court (Life) Awareness

One of the key elements I try to stress as a coach is balancing the floor. I want players to be aware of where the defense is… as well as aware of where their teammates are. Spacing is the key… I don’t want 2 players occupying the same spot; I want players filling open spots or setting screens to free up teammates to fill open lanes; I want players that see when a teammate gets beat on “D” and steps up to help; etc. Simply put: Balance is a result of court awareness (seeing the need, filling the spot immediately, and doing the job.)

What about lie awareness? The Scriptures continually challenge us to live balanced lives that love God and love others. In order to do that we have to be aware… see needs, fill the spots, and do the job!

Ephesians 5 tells us in verse 8 to “… Walk as children of light.” Those that are in the light are able to see… be aware of surroundings; therefore Paul goes on to say in verses 15 and 16, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Do you see the “court awareness” being taught? He warns / commands us to be aware of what is going on around us; but he doesn’t stop there… he then tells us to do something about it (“redeeming the time” or as The Message puts it, “Make the most of every chance you get.”)

Proverbs 3:27-28, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,’ when you have it with you.”

The Message: “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor ‘Maybe some other time’ or ‘Try me tomorrow’ when the money’s right there in your pocket.”

I think the Message version is pretty spot on… see the need… fill the spot now… do the job! I truly hope and pray we each get better “court awareness” in this “game of life” and look to Make A Difference in the lives of those we come in contact with. Go MAD!

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