Below is another in a series of chapel talk outlines. This one was delivered last Saturday morning prior to the Salukis’ 38-21 victory over the Football Championship Subdivision 14th ranked Youngstown State University Penguins. The Head Coach’s weekly theme was, “Desire.”
1. Introduction to the idea of “desire” and its importance to achievement in any of life’s endeavors.
2. We all stood and took the hands of those at our tables to say, “The Lord’s Prayer” together.
a. What are your greatest desires? A championship? The love of a good woman? Success in the classroom and in your career? A family? A legacy, something you achieve that will outlast you?
b. How strongly do you desire those things?
c. The value of those desires and the strength with which you pursue them will greatly affect your life’s achievements.
d. Great desires, those which have long-lasting effects, are worthy of the effort expended.
4. Read the text – Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
a. Hope deferred makes the heart sick. When our desires, the things for which we hope, are delayed in fulfillment our hearts grow sick, weak, powerless and tired.
b. Desire fulfilled is a tree of life. The greatest stuff in life hangs like fruit on a tree when our desires are fulfilled. It’s sweet, satisfying and rich. (Personal examples of such desires fulfilled were inserted here.)
c. The nature and quantity of that fruit is determined by the value of our desires and how strongly we pursue them. Be sure that your desires are wisely chosen and go after them powerfully.
5. Here is a list of some valuable desires for our team today:
a. Win # __ for our team.
b. A stingy defense.
c. A productive offense.
d. An opportunistic set of special teams.
e. Another step toward a conference championship.
f. A powerful victory for “The Team.”
6. The question to be answered at __:__ today is, “How badly do we want to fulfill these desires?” Let’s resolve to pursue them strongly and to then taste the fruit hanging from this day’s tree of life.
7. Prayer to close the chapel.