Somebody Died Last Night...Do YOU even CARE?

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At a fundraising dinner for a worthy cause many speakers got up and spoke about the tragedy of starvation and poverty in the world. All were sincere efforts to bring to light the worthiness of the specific cause all the speakers were appealing to the audience to support. Nearing the end of the program, one speaker gave the shortest, yet the most memorable and thought provoking speech of the evening. He said, " "I have three things I'd like to say today. FIRST, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. SECOND, most of you don't give a damn. What's worse is that you're more upset with the fact that I said damn than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night."


We as a culture have become desensitized to the human suffering that surrounds us. Media stories of murder, neglect, tragedy have become so common that we read the headlines, lament how "crazy" our world is and then move on..... without even pausing to consider how tragic the actual event was, literally how life-changing the event has been for the people intricately effected by what has occurred. Instead, we pass these tragedies on more as evidence that the world is going more and more downhill. Then, we decide to concentrate MOST our energy being MOST affected by whatever personal slights or injustices we have received on that particular day, brooding, resenting, and revisiting time and time again the personal offense, "How dare that person say that to ME!?"


We HAVE to wake up to the reality that some of the thousands of people surrounding us suffering ARE actually closer than we think. In fact, they ARE on our own teams, in our own families, even our own best friends. Christ said, "The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy." (John 10:10) and make no mistake about it, that thief is causing death, despair and agony to REAL PEOPLE every day, REAL PEOPLE that are in front of our eyes every day, in our school hallways, practice fields... at our dinner tables. Although many are not making the newspapers(yet)...they ARE suffering. Since they dare not share and we are too oblivious to ask.... their desperate suffering continues.... hidden to most.... except themselves.


Without a doubt, as coaches we are commissioned to win games, to teach character, to be a role model to others, to compete. But make no mistake about it, EVERYONE of us is called, most importantly, to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10) And there ARE lost souls surrounding us every day. We have teammates, coaches, parents, players to which life is OVERWHELMING; some by their own choice, others by no fault of their own. Teammates, coaches, parents, and players where tragedy has struck in the past, is currently striking them NOW and to whom tragedy will strike. Does this matter to us? Do we care? Do we EVEN notice? As our public speaker in the opening story pointed out, do we really give a damn? And is it more a tragedy that I just swore than we have people in our families that are DYING of neglect and we aren't willing to do something about it?


I urge you to accept the commission you have been given, readers, as leaders. Roll up your sleeves, give yourself a pep talk, steel yourself for criticism and judgement and give YOURSELF to your team, committing yourself to save lives. It will require sacrifice, compassion, mercy, forgiveness; in a word LOVE. But that is exactly the point, for there is far too less of that around.

There are lives on your team that are crying to be saved, convince YOURSELF that YOU are just the person to do something about it.

More Than A Coach...SportsLeader!

*SportsLeader would like to acknowledge and honor all those coaches, athletes, families that are currently struggling with whatever tragedies you are currently struggling with. You are ALWAYS in our thoughts and prayers!