When my son was small and cute and in Tae Kwon Do, (now he is not small, not in Tae Kwon Do, and a different kind of cute) he had a really cool instructor who also happened to own the studio. Before one of their competitions, Mr. W had a very serious talk with the kids:
Can someone tell me what the patches on your backs say? Mr. W's Tae Kwon Do Studio, Sir.and that's all I have to say about that.
That's right. Do you know what that means? No, Sir.
It means that you are competing not just for yourself, but for me. You are wearing your name on the front, but my name on your backs. Yes, Sir.
When people see you out there, behaving well, they will think 'That is one cool studio. Mr. W teaches his kids to play fair, to play well, and to be a good sport. I wish I was on Mr. W's team.'
If people see you performing or behaving badly, they won't just say, 'what a rotten kid'- they'll say Mr. W is not a very good teacher. He doesn't know how to control his kids. Why would I want to play on Mr. W's team?'
Now, I want to ask you. Am I a good teacher? Yes, Sir!
Have I taught you to play fair? to play well? to be a good sport? Yes, Sir!
Do I deserve a team that plays with honor? Yes, Sir!
So, even if you are treated badly, even if you are in a bad mood, even if you are scared, you will try your best, right? Yes, Sir!
And you aren't alone. If a judge is unfair, who will handle it? You will, sir!
If you get lost, who will help you? You will, Sir
Have I ever let you down? No, Sir!
Then I am expecting that you will say, Thank you Mr. W, for being a good teacher, not with your words, but with your actions. I would love to bring home lots of trophies today, but even more, I would like to have people think good things about our character.
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.