Being Humble In the Captain’s Seat
“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Recently, my hockey team named ‘captains’ for the team. I was named ‘assistant’ captain. Normally, a captain is a first year PeeWee. On our team, the captain’s name is Adam MacKenzie. The named assistants are Chayse MacDonald (my defence partner), Daniel Barry (our goalie) and myself. All of the captains have an expertise in playing defence. Moreover, there are some worthy forwards on the team — even some who deserved to be selected more than I. The fact that I did get chosen is amazing and makes me a super happy hockey player. My hope is that we together — the captain and assistant captains along with the members of our hockey team — can help bring the team together in unity.
But a good part of winning depends on our captain. A captain’s job is to motivate their team players when they are losing while teaching the players to stay strong when the team is weak. Together with the assistants, the captain works to help the team win games. No one wants to lose a hockey game so it is important to determine each player’s strengths and make sure they are used appropriately in the game. The only difference between the captain and assistant captains is that the captain has more responsibilities and stress.
Do I want to be captain? Maybe some day, but for now, I am enjoying the fact that assistant captains don’t have that many duties, which means less stress. Our first game is Saturday and it should be lots of fun. We play against the Charlottetown Abbies. My heart’s desire may be to win the game, but even if we don’t, I know the Lord is directing my steps.