Last Sunday, after the BRPL Event 2, my wife and I went to church and heard a sermon based off of Philippians (a book in the bible), chapter 3. I kind of felt like God was encouraging me (w/ regard to our event), as well as others (w/ regard to their own life situations), with this one passage of scripture. Here's an excerpt that I feel our team can use as inspiration:
"13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Read it in context here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...+3&version=NIV
) The scripture's spiritual context has some real life practicality. Let's forget about the past failures and aim forward w/ some goals for our team. I suggest going over some goals for the team at the next team meeting/practice.
Let's use our performance that day as a wake up call and as inspiration to do some good things about it. We ain't a bunch of young teenagers or even some young 20yr olds, but we can still shoot our guns and use our wits. With some drills and some scrimmaging during practice, over and over again, I believe we can do better next time. The practices will need to be an iterative process. Also, conditioning can be useful. Hitting the gym and exercising w/ a good diet could help out, too.
I've suggested before about meeting up some weekends at a park to do some conditioning and possibly do picnics/pot lucks w/ the family in place of going to the paintball field to practice. Anyone up for this?
Here's another scripture which has some real life truths that you can scrutinize on your own time and decide to apply in your life or not:
"The Need for Self-Discipline
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/...27&version=NIV