Basketball camp: day 2 & 3

March 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM 2 comments

Since I didn’t do a post yesterday for our basketball camp I thought I would combine both updates in one post. Here goes:

Day 2. Another great day with lots of fun, great skill training and a challenge from God’s Word. The challenge on Tuesday was still on respect but I took them to Luke 6:31 where it says, Do to others as you want them to do to you. I explained to them if we want to be treated fairly we should treat others fairly. If we want to be treated kindly, we need to be kind to others. Anyway we would prefer others to treat us is how we should treat them. But I know it’s hard to treat others fairly when they hurt us, are unfair to us, lie to us or even cheat us first. So we need an example.

The perfect example: Jesus! In the Bible it says Jesus was perfect, he did no wrong, he didn’t treat people unfairly, he didn’t lie to people, he didn’t even cheat people. He was holy and never sinned. But even though he was holy and perfect so many people treated him very unfairly. On many occasions the religious leaders of that day tried to trick him into breaking the law, tried to catch him in doing something wrong but they couldn’t because Jesus was perfect. Despite all the terrible things people did to Jesus he never sinned, he never tried to get even with them, he never tried to hurt those who hurt him back. He was and still is our perfect example of how to live, even when someone cheated him.

I then gave them a challenge: The next time you’re tempted to get even or act badly because someone else treated you unfairly, think about Jesus‘ example. We’ve all treated him unfairly, and what did he do? He gave up his life for us! So when in doubt of how to act when someone treats you badly, remember what Jesus did and continues to do.

One other highlight of Tuesday’s camp is Director Donnette was taught how to shoot the basketball for the first time. And she is good! Thanks to Frank for his coaching.

Day 3. Today we had another good day with some great stations. Myself and Tony have now worked together for 3 days and I am so thankful for his attitude and spirit as we do one of the stations together. We have been focussing all our time with each of the campers on getting in the proper position in basketball (balls of your feet, knees bent, head up and hands up ready to stop a ball or catch a ball). Other drills we did were the triple threat position (ready to drive, pass or shoot) and we also focussed on passing. It’s been great to see the campers get better as the days pass. I’m impressed with their ability to learn as we go. There were so many time even during the scrimmage that I saw many of the campers working on the skills that we taught them. Awesome!

Also today I was able to challenge the campers to give THE best! Let me explain by taking you to the verse they learned today: Col 3:12b that says, “So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient.” When we show tender mercy, kindness, aren’t proud and are gentle and patient, we are giving the best in every situation. I used the example of Abram and how he gave his nephew Lot first chose of the land God promised him and of course Lot chose the best. Well, at least what he thought was the best. But the truth was it wasn’t because God gave Abram everything could see from all directions! That was way more than the land Lot chose. Abram didn’t know God was going to give him all this land when he gave Lot the choice, but he chose to give Lot the best. Because he did Abram was blessed beyond what anyone could imagine!

I got the campers thinking of situations where they have taken the best — the last slice of pizza, the best seat in the car (we refer to as shot-gun), maybe the last scoop of ice cream. Then I challenged them to do the opposite to give the best to their siblings, friends, family or even people they don’t like–next time…even tonight on the way home. I could see that was quite the challenge because they were struggling with the idea of not getting the best themselves.

As we closed our time I shared with them a true story that struck me the first time I read it. I’ll share it here as well. I hope you are as challenged as the campers where when they heard it, to give the best instead of trying to take it for themselves:

Danny was born with no ears. He could hear but he didn’t have ears like everyone else. All thru his life he was made fun of because of the way he looked. He learned to live with it. Thankfully his parents were very loving and showed him that it didn’t matter that he didn’t have ears like everyone. When he was in high school, his doctor told him of a new procedure that made it possible to transplant ears from one person to another. That meant Danny could get new ears if someone who was compatible to him ever donated theirs. This was exciting news. After all, ppl donated body parts all the time–hearts, lungs, kidneys. But Danny soon found that donor ears were extremely scarce. Danny didn’t give up hope, however. He knew that someday he would get new ears. He graduated from HS with honours and was accepted at a major univ. 1000 of miles away. He left to begin his life as a college student. Again, though, he found it hard to make friends and fit in cuz of his ears. One day he got a phone call from his Dad. There is a donor so go to the hospital tomorrow for your surgery! The next day before the sun even came up Danny couldn’t contain how happy he was, so he went to the hospital bright and early and waited for the doctor to arrive. A couple of hours later the surgery was performed and Danny had new ears. Somehow a donor had been found. When the bandages came off, Danny gazed in the mirror for hours. He finally had ears like everyone else. For the first time in his life he wasn’t ashamed of the way he looked. He not only had new ears, he had a new life. A few weeks later, Danny rec’d another phone call from his Dad. This time about his Mom, she was very sick, she may not live thru the night. Come home quick! Danny was on the first plane home. When he arrived his Dad gave him the sad news — mom had died. Together they went to the funeral home, where Danny was able to see his Mom for the last time. He leaned over to kiss her on the cheek. Brushing her hair back from her face, he noticed she had no ears.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. descargar peliculas  |  March 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

    • 2. Andrew DeGraaf  |  March 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      I am glad you enjoyed my post. Love to hear from your roommate. Come back again.


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