John Wooden, RIP

I’m not a sports fan, except I will occasionally participate in the madness and enjoy the periodic live game.  I admire skill, but I think amateur sports a re lot more entertaining.  So to read about John Wooden has been interesting because I knew so little about this sports hero.

Although I am usually skeptical of the advice given by coaches, businessmen or celebrities, I find the following a reasonable creed.

John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed.

  • Be true to yourself.
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Help others.
  • Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

Personally, I think clergy could learn from good coaches.  It is one of the skills that should replace pastoral care.