Soccer Devotional Handbook
Lesson 9: Kindness
That players will gain an understanding of what it means to practice kindness.
Ask your players, "What does it mean to be kind?"
Give your players the dictionary's definition:
Good-natured; compassionate; considerate or helpful; mild or gentle; affectionate.
"People will overlook the mistakes of anyone who is kind."
Ask your players what the above saying means to them.
The saying means just as it says, that people will overlook or forgive the faults or mistakes that a kind person makes.
It is easy to forgive the wrong things that a kind person does because you will always be able to remember something good that they have done.
Kind people rarely hurt someone or do something wrong on purpose; it is usually by accident.
The opposite of a kind person would be someone who is mean.
It is much more difficult to forgive the wrong actions of a mean person.
Pass or Shoot
Kindness is a choice.
You are the only one that can make up your mind to be kind to people.
If you choose to be a kind person, it will be very easy for people to forgive you when you do something wrong or hurtful.
If you are mean it is hard for people to forget about the things you do because they will only remember all the times you have done mean things, and they may even think you do them on purpose.
Kind people are respected, trusted and loved.
Choose to be kind to others.
Ask your players, "Can you name ways in which you can treat others with kindness?"
"God has chosen you and made you His holy people.
He loves you.
So always do these things.
Show mercy to others; be kind, humble, gentle, and patient."
The Final Whistle
Ask for any prayer needs and during prayer ask the Lord that your players would practice kindness toward others.
Ask that when they do wrong things, that those mistakes will be forgiven because people will remember in the past that they have always tried to do what was right.