What do competitors regularly do that is a genuine expression of respect? I am sure you make complimentary comments after a good play. Some will point to their teammate after making a good pass. Maybe it’s a nod or a tip of the cap, a pre-game handshake, or a post-game hug.
- Tell about a time in your sport career when strong competitors showed genuine respect for their opponents?
- How is your experience in sport affected when competitions are marked by demonstrations of disrespect for opponents, coaches, or officials?
- How do competitors in this sport show respect for: their teammates, their coaches, their opponents, and the officials?
Peter understood the value of showing proper honor and respect to people and he wrote about it in 1 Peter 2:17: “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.”
Who are the sport equivalents to these people and how can we follow Peter’s instructions…
- To honor everyone is to honor __________.
- To love the brotherhood is to love __________.
- To fear God is to fear __________.
- To honor the emperor is to honor __________.
- What are some of the many ways your team can show proper respect and love to your teammates and coaches during practice and competition?
- How can your team demonstrate a genuine reverence for God and honor the officials who enforce the sport’s rules and regulations?
As you compete today…
- Honor all people – including the spectators and the other team’s last reserve players.
- Love the brotherhood, your teammates with all your heart.
- Fear God, show Him proper respect.
- Honor the King by keeping yourself in order and show proper respect to those who must give an account for your attitudes and actions.
Memory Verse: “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17