Updated Tuesday, February 11th 9:30 am
Weekly Virtue Lesson
WINTER SEASON: Week Thirteen
Theme: The Fruits of the Holy Spirit - PEACE
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7.
By using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we can show the fruits of the Spirit by our actions and words. We can bring good things out of the good stored up in our hearts. Another fruit of the Holy Spirit is PEACE. Peace is a lack of fear and sense of contentment. It is fellowship, harmony, and unity between individuals. Peace is freedom from worry, anxiety, and disturbing thoughts. If you use patience, as we discussed last week, you can avoid getting frustrated and angry at others and frustrated and angry at yourself. And thereby, this allows you to find peace within yourself.
If you look up peace in the Webster’s Dictionary, it also mentions quiet, calm, and silence. You cannot have peace when you are yelling or angry. This applies to so many parts of our lives. Often times when people yell at us, we don’t even really hear the words. It can create angst and anxiety, and we block them out. We definitely see how this plays a major part in sports. Teams aren’t effective when players are yelling at each other.
A big part of peace is contentment. A big part of contentment is deciding what will make you content or satisfied. Is it only a win that will make you content? Or is it playing your best? Is it encouraging your teammates? Is it being a good listener, before and during a game or competition? Is it being a witness to Christ on the court or competition?
One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is PEACE. If we all use the spirit of patience, we generate peace within ourselves and amongst our teammates.
1. Think ahead to your tournament games. Think ahead to the end of the season. What can you do so you finish the season with peace and contentment? What will you tell yourself before the big game? How will you act towards your teammates and coaches?
a. Possible answers = try my best, give 110% effort, work hard, encourage my teammates, listen to directions, be respectful to the officials, enjoy the time with my teammates, have fun!
2. Reflect quietly on your goals for the season - was I here to win, was I here to try my best, was I here to contribute, was I here to be a good teammate, was I here to grow in my skills, was I here to have fun? If I tried my best, and was patient with myself and others, will I have peace in my heart when the season is over?
a. Give a minute of silence
Please help me to show patience on the basketball court / at a dance competition with my teammates, opponents, officials, and myself! I know patience will lead to peace for myself and others. Help me to reflect on this season and what will bring me peace and contentment. Give me the energy and focus to always try my best. Take away my worries and anxieties. Jesus, I will strive to be like you.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Say the Our Father as a team.