Facing the Giants

I just watched an awesome movie this weekend.  it was recommended when I logged onto to Netflix the other day.  I did not know what to expect but all I have to say this is probably the best movie I have seen in a few years.  The name of the movie is Facing the Giants.  I have included a youtube link. 

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Attention Kobe Bryant

A lesson for Kobe on Leadership:

Quote Of The Night
“We have to get better. Me, as an individual, I have to be much better on and off the court. And that will carry our team to higher levels. I think it starts with me first and then it will trickle down to everybody else.”
– LeBron James, on what was the biggest thing he’d take away from his first Finals experience.

Spurs Win The NBA Championship

Well congrats to the Spurs to another NBA Championship. Four titles in nine years that’s amazing. I guess the big question for them is if they can win it back to back? I am happy to see Tony Parker as the MVP. He deserves it. Robert Horry now has seven championships. I always like the guy and it seems he is on the right team at the right time. Oh by the way, the Cleveland Cavs may have been swept by the Spurs but they are one player away from being able to compete next year. Hopefully they will get one or two additional role players to help out Lebron James. Cleveland must find someone to hit those clutch 3 pointers. I guess the reason I am happy the Spurs won was because they won as a team. In order for any team to beat the Spurs they need to shut down Duncan, Parker, and Giniolbi. Usually if one of those players is having a bad night then a role player will come in and does what they need to win.

Notice the leadership in Duncan. He is constantly building up his teammates. This characteristic is also seen in Lebron James. As a Lakers fan, I believe the biggest downfall to the Lakers is Kobe Bryant. He lacks this leadership quality. He never builds up his teammates and when then lose; he does not take responsibility for the loss. Kobe Bryant is a great scorer and a great individual player but he does not have the leadership quality to take his team to the NBA Finals. The only reason he has three championships is because of Shaq.

For any team to win the NBA Championship learn to play like a team. Learn from the Spurs, a team in which each player has put their egos aside, contribute to work together to fulfill the role each has been given, and thus in nine years have become a NBA dynasty.

God’s Coffee

Modern parable….

God’s Coffee

A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor.  The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general…

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups:  porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite.  Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee..

When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering… ”You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones.  While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems.”

He continued…”Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.  In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink.  What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups…  Then you began eyeing each other’s cups….”

”Now consider this:  Life is coffee.  Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups.  They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live.  Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us…  God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups.  Enjoy your coffee!”

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The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything…  So please remember:  Live simply.  Love generously.  Care Deeply.  Speak Kindly.  Leave the Rest to God.                              

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