Two Builders – Rock or Sand?

Did you ever hear the story of the two builders? The wise builder built his house on rock, and the rain descended, the floods came and the wind blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall because it was built on the rock. The foolish builder built his house on the sand, and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell with a great crash.

The two houses in the story were probably very similar. And while the sun was shining, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two houses. The difference became evident when the storm hit. Was it because the one builder worked harder than the other? No. Did one builder use better materials? No. Both men definitely put forth a great deal of effort, but the one builder wisely “dug down deep” to build on the rock. The other builder used a hap-hazard approach in one seemingly minor detail. He took the easy way out in building his house on the sand.

The main difference between the two houses was the foundation.

Coaches who go beyond the X’s and O’s and focus on the spirit and souls of their players are like the wise builder who built his house on the rock. The rock is Virtue. When we build our players and sports programs on the foundation of Virtue, they will be able to stand during the storms of life.

The storms of life are inevitable. No team is exempt – it doesn’t matter what sport, old or young, whether you are ranked or un-ranked, or what ever your classification, your team will face storms. Storms are no respecter of teams or persons and will come in the form of troubles, injuries, heartaches, major disappointments, family problems, academic problems, problems with parents or coaches or teachers, gambling, alcohol, drugs, and crime. At times it will seem as if all the storms are coming at once. Even when this happens, good programs can weather the storms because they knew that the storms were coming and prepared for them by building the spirits of their players on a strong foundation of Virtue.

Sports programs that care only about the temporal and superficial are like the house built on sand. The paint, the stucco, the shrubs, the walls, the wallpaper, the glazing, the tiles, the lighting, the roof pitch, the stairs, the cabinets, the wardrobes – none of it will matter if the foundation is wrong! You can put all your money and time and effort into a beautiful house, and it all come crashing down if you don’t have a good foundation!

We all build on something. It’s up to you how you build your program. Every day, you chose what you build on. When it comes to foundations, you have only two choices. The world says that there are many choices, but there are really only two kinds of foundations to build upon:

The Rock: by focusing every day on building the spirits and souls of your players before their bodies.

The Sand: by caring only about the material, the power, the appearances, and the X’s and O’s of your team.

Stop building your house on sand. What you used to trust, has to be dumped. What you used to do without thinking has to be examined. Your old program, your old way of thinking, dump it. Re-build everything on a new foundation where your first job becomes that of building the spirit and soul of your players. There is only one unmovable foundation that remains no matter the storm and its name is Virtue.