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    Becoming Better Teammates

    June 18, 2023

    "Everybody is capable of being a good Christian while also being good teammate that everybody appreciates..." - Casey DeSmith, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Being a part of a hockey team is not just about individual talent and skill. It's about coming together as a cohesive unit, supporting and uplifting one another both on and off the ice. As Christian hockey players, we have an incredible resource for guidance and inspiration, the Bible. 

    Here's some valuable advice from the Bible that can help us become better teammates, fostering a culture of unity, respect, and encouragement within our teams. 

    1. Philippians 2:3-4

    "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."

    Selflessness and humility are essential qualities for a hockey teammate. Instead of seeking personal glory, focus on supporting and uplifting your fellow players. Sacrificing personal gain for the benefit of the team fosters an atmosphere of unity and teamwork.

    2. Proverbs 27:17 

    "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."

    This verse highlights the importance of constructive criticism and feedback within a team. By respectfully challenging and motivating one another, teammates can help each other grow and improve. Embrace feedback and encourage your teammates to do the same, build fellowship and support one another, knowing that it will ultimately lead to individual and team development.

    3. Ephesians 4:2

    "Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."

    Hockey can be a fast-paced and intense game, often leading to moments of frustration. However, as a Christian teammate, it is crucial to approach challenges with humility, gentleness, and patience. Treat your teammates with love and understanding, supporting them during difficult times. Cultivating a compassionate and patient attitude will strengthen the bonds within your team.

    4. Romans 12:10

    "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

    Respect and honor are vital components of a successful hockey team. By acknowledging the strengths and contributions of your teammates, you create an environment of trust and appreciation. Celebrate their accomplishments, encourage their growth, and demonstrate genuine care for each member of your team.

    As Christian hockey players, we have a unique opportunity to lead by example on and off the ice. By embodying the principles of love, service, encouragement, unity, humility, grace, and forgiveness, we can become better teammates and contribute to a positive and thriving team environment. Let us strive to apply these biblical teachings and inspire others to do the same. Remember, being a great teammate is not only about winning games but also about building lasting relationships and character that extend beyond the arena.