Can I just say that I love having adult children!! I think my favorite part is the conversations that we now share. Conversations are so meaningful & thought provoking. Having a love for reading, I especially enjoy when Tim shares his current read with me.
Tim is coaching a high school, girls, varsity basketball team. I love that he is doing this. Even when playing during his high school years, we noticed that he was very natural at encouraging & motivating his teammates. So this just seems like a perfect fit for him.
Some interesting facts about the sport:
- It was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts
- He was orphaned in young life and went on to train to become a priest
- While in college, he discovered he had a love for sports
- He became a teacher at the Young Men’s Christian Association (the YMCA) in Springfield, MA.
- It was there, that due to the cold winters, he invented an indoor sport – basketball
- The first game was officially played on December 21, 1891
(facts obtained from Wikipedia)
I am sure that James Naismith would be amazed to see the development of his invention. Over the years, there have been many coaches & many books written about the sport. Tim shared one with me today that has quotes in it from John Wooden, a college coach & a Christian. He loved coaching, loved the athletes. Upon entering high school himself, his father gave him a creed to live by. He lived by this creed all his life & let it become the basis of his coaching philosophy.
- Be true to yourself.
- Help others
- Make each day your masterpiece.
- Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
- Make friendship a fine art.
- Build a shelter against a rainy day.
- Pray for guidance & count & give thanks for your blessings every day.
(from Coaching Basketball by Jerry Krause & Ralph Pim, page 33).
Such sound advice to be given as a young person. I especially liked the last point. As we pray for guidance & give thanks for our blessings, we learn to be content with our lives. We are told in Scripture:
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NIV).