Big Idea

What really matters in life?

Scene Setup

After a bad start to what looks to be another losing season, Coach Taylor is at the end of his rope. He decides to make a change, and turn his marriage, his prospects, and his coaching philosophy over to God. He meets with his team in the locker room to share his new-found philosophy.


self-seeking, Accomplishment, Glory, Ambition, Recognition


Coach Taylor holds up a ten-dollar bill and challenges his team, "Ten bucks to the first person who can tell me who won the state championship a decade ago." The players throw out guesses, but the coach says, "You either know it or you don't. How 'bout five years ago?" One player says, "Graceland?" But the coach corrects, "That was three years ago. You can't remember, can you? That leads me to ask a couple of questions. What's the purpose of this team?" A player responds, "To win ballgames?" And coach asks, "Then what?" The player says, "We get a trophy, and people talk about us." The coach says, "Maybe. For awhile. Then what?" The player is getting a little frustrated, "I don't know. Get a scholarship, play for college, and, uh, coach Little League..." The other players laugh. One of the assistant coaches asks if Coach Taylor thinks they are wasting their time. Coach says, "If our main goal is to win football games, then, yes." Puzzled, the player says, "You don't want us to win games?" Coach Taylor responds, "No, not if that's our main goal. Winning football games is too small a thing to live for." He says that he loves football, but even championship trophies eventually become dust collectors and are quickly forgotten by others. Coach says, "It's just that, so far, this has all been about us. How we can look good. How we can get the glory." Coach Taylor holds up his Bible and says, "The more I read this book, the more I realize life's not about us. We're not here just to get glory, make money, and die. The Bible says that God put us here for Him, to honor Him." Taylor quotes Jesus to the players, saying that the most important thing "is to love God with everything you are, and to love others as yourself. So if we win every game and we miss that, we've done nothing. Football then means nothing. So I'm here to present you a new team philosophy." The coach tells the players that football is just a tool for honoring God. Brock, one of the lead players, says "So you think God does care about football." Coach shoots back, "I think He cares about your faith. He cares where your heart is. And if you can live that faith out on the football field then, yes, God cares about football because He cares about you. He sent His son Jesus to die for us so that we could live for Him." Coach tells his team that this philosophy extends from the football field to every aspect of their lives. Coach Taylor wants the team to be a source of expressing God's glory to everyone who sees them, but this will involve everyone on the team honoring God by giving their very best, "And if we win, we praise Him. And if we lose, we praise Him. Either way, we honor Him in our actions and our attitudes. So I'm asking you, who are you living for?"


We live in an age where people have been taught to be fame seekers. It seems that everyone wants their allotted ?15 minutes.? Christians are not immune from these forms of self-seeking. A great question to ask is, ?Are we performing for men or for God?? As Coach Taylor demonstrates, performing for men is a losing proposition. Their memories are short. Most will not be able to recall your accomplishments, and even those who do will eventually die. Choosing to live for the praise of men is a bad bargain, doomed to failure. But God does see. He remembers. God notices everything we do, even the attitudes of our hearts. He does not want to see us waste our time in pursuit of the praise of other people. God does not want us to be conformed to the standards of success that are lauded by this world. He wants our lives to be a living testimony to His work in us. Regardless of our employment, we are to give it our all, not as though we were working for other people, but as if we are working for God ? because we are. Our lives are designed to bring glory to our Maker. The praise of people fades, heroes are thrown away and quickly replaced, but the recognition of God at the end of a life well lived before Him will endure forever.


Where To Find


1 Corinthians 10:31-33

Romans 12:1-2

Galatians 1:10-11

Colossians 3:22-24

Video Times

Start: 0:41:25

End: 0:44:26


Self-seeking, God-seeking, Accomplishment, Glory, Recognition, Ambition, Meaning

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