Soccer Devotional Handbook
It's no secret young people of today face a much different world than the one in which we grew up.
The pressure they are under is tremendous.
Crime rates are as high as ever.
The world message is do whatever it takes to get ahead, even if it means cheating, lying, stealing, or even killing!
No one wants to talk about it, but it's the truth.
Scandal, disrespect, compromise, and one person hurting another is everywhere you turn.
Kids need sound spiritual, moral, and ethical leadership.
They must have a clear understanding of honesty, respect, obedience, love, and other foundational truths that will help them stand strong in a world that more and more often is choosing wrong over right and evil over good.
Most of the kids in our league regularly attend church, while others may attend occasionally or not at all.
The several hours each week that a child spends in church cannot compete with the dozens of hours they spend at school, watching television, playing video games, listening to music, at the mall, or engaging in a host of other activities.
This includes much time out and about in a world that doesn't know, or refuses to recognize, Jesus Christ.
They learn one thing from the Sunday school teacher, then they must live and play in an environment which promotes just the opposite.
This can be quite confusing to a child, as to anyone, who is instructed in the right way, but constantly observes that which is wrong.
If we are a Christian Nation why do we have so many problems?
Is honesty no longer applauded?
Is respect no longer respectable?
Has integrity been buried?
Is character a forgotten hero?
Northwest Christian Sports League doesn't think so!
We are dedicated to the families, and more specifically, the children of our community.
It's time to stand up for what we believe, to revive character and honor, in order to foster a group of young people who will be respectful, obedient, courageous, and well meaning family members and citizens.
Being a Christian is the greatest life there is, a life of integrity, honesty, commitment, forgiveness, grace and love.
If we not only teach with words, but live out by example, the principles outlined in the Bible, we can effectively impact the lives of children and their families, starting with our own.
The Word of God has much to say about the principles, traits, and characteristics previously mentioned.
You, as the Coach, have an awesome responsibility!
Your players trust and rely upon you to show them what is right, not only on the field, but with life in general
Your words and actions are precious to them.
God has placed you in this position because He has equipped you for the task.
Your knowledge and love of sports is secondary to the real reason you have been chosen.
You are called to live and share the love and message of our Lord Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world.
Take this responsibility seriously and rise to the calling.
You can do it!
The lessons in the Northwest Christian Sports League Devotional Handbook are designed to help you share with your players (and their parents) many traits, characteristics and guiding principles that will help them to live a life of excellent moral and ethical standards.
In a world that says 'there are no absolutes" and "if it feels good, do it", you can let them know there is a more honorable way.
The lessons are simple, easily adapted to the age group you are coaching, and take only 5 to 10 minutes from each practice.
It is our hope that many good conversations are generated and that the kids walk away with knowledge and wisdom that will have a long-lasting effect.
Sports League leadership is here to assist you in any way necessary.
Do not hesitate to ask.
If you need help in presenting lessons or just some encouragement or tips, please call us at (425) 743-3067 and leave a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will get back to you in a timely manner.