Again and again, Brooks mercilessly has the players on the ice skating conditioning drills (line sprints). Finally one of the Captains, Mike Eruzione, gets the point that is being made, and returns to a dialogue that Brooks had been having with the players earlier.
Eruzione: “Mike Eruzione, Winthrop, Massachusetts!”
Brooks: “Who do you play for?”
Eruzione: “I play for, the United States of America!”
This is a breakthrough for the team, as earlier whenever Brooks would ask the players to introduce themselves they had done so by stating which college team that they played for. The group had been assembled from all over the country as a collection of individual hockey players, and Brooks wanted them to get to the point where they identified as one cohesive unit -- the United States of America Olympic hockey team.
“You think you can win on talent alone? Gentlemen, you don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone.” Brooks knew that in order to achieve their collective goal, to win the Olympic gold medal, the team would need to rely on something beyond their talents as individual hockey players. They would need to all be on the same page and have each other’s backs as teammates -- and that began with knowing who they played for.
Who do you play for? Who do you represent? All too often we see examples in our world where the focus is on “me” rather than on the organization's collective “we,” or from a Christian perspective, on “He.”
Think deeper. Beyond just yourself you also represent (among other things) your family, your employer, your country, and yes, your Savior.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of the many, so that they may be saved...”(excerpts from 1 Corinthians 10:31-33). This demonstrates to us how important it is to: 1). give God the glory, and also 2). to support others.
Supporting others means that we put our collective success (“we”) before our own success (“me”). This can apply to our families, our colleagues, people we cross paths with on the street, etc. In demonstrating this servant leadership, we will also be modeling Christ-like behavior.
“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).
As Christians. the “name” on the front of our “jersey”" is CHRIST. “…so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:19-20). And also, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20). In these ways we are again reminded that, He is greater than me.
“He” and “we” come before “me.”
Dear friends, I encourage you to be mindful of who you play for, and who you represent. I pray that we are able to hold true to this concept, without having to line up and be put through all of those conditioning drills!
About the Author:
Coach Shane is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program from the Christian Coach Institute (Charlotte, NC). He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), both from Lakeland College.
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