Basketball Devotional Handbook
Lesson 6: Self-Control
That players will understand the benefits of self-control and controlling their tempers.
Ask your players, "What does it mean to have self-control?"
Give your players the dictionary's definition:
Control of your own actions or feelings; restraint.
A person who does not control himself is like a city whose walls have been broken down.
Ask your players what the above scripture means.
The scripture means that when you do not practice self-control you will be like a city back in Bible times whose wall had been broken down.
Walls were a city's best defense against their enemies and if the wall was broken down it would open them to be attacked.
In the same way if you are not careful in what you say and do, it's like tearing your own wall of protection down and opening yourself to be attacked by others.
Pass or Shoot
Self-control, which is controlling what you say and do, is a choice.
Only you can choose to control what you do or how you respond.
If someone says or does something that hurts you or makes you mad, you may feel like yelling, saying something mean, or even hurting them.
Instead, you can choose to control your feelings and respond in love.
This is not easy, especially when you are hurt really bad, but it is the best choice to make.
You will win many friends and be respected if you practice self-control.
"So prepare your minds for service and have self-control.
All your hope should be for the gift of grace that will be yorus when Jesus Christ comes again."
(1 Peter 1:13)
The Final Whistle
Ask for any prayer needs and during prayer ask the Lord to help your players to practice self-control.
Ask that they would be humble when winning, encouraged when losing, and would be a team that earns the respect of other teams because of the example they set in this area.