When people think about high school sports the “Gold Ball” often gets referred to – the epitome of a high school athlete: being a State Champion or maybe it is getting to that next level and becoming a college athlete. And while both of these are definitely something to strive for and a goal we have as an athletic program at LuHi – we recognize there is so much more to athletics and high school sports than a trophy, ring, or scholarship.
There have been times in my life where I’ve wanted to walk away from sports entirely, times where I’ve felt like I watched sports seem to do more harm than good; but every time I think about walking away I quickly realize that I wouldn’t be who I am today without sports. Like anything in life, sin screws up sports at times too but the positives of athletics – give back throughout life.
Even as a successful high school athlete I didn’t ever hoist that final trophy.
But, even without the ultimate success, I firmly believe being a high school athlete was extremely significant for the rest of my life. Being a teacher, I believe lessons learned in the classroom are important, but the lessons athletics taught me have had a greater influence on my character than anything else. And, along with my faith in Jesus Christ, sports has given me the strength to get through things I didn’t think I could.
So here are just a few lessons I’ve learned from sports that have developed my character and that we strive to develop in our student athletes at LuHi:
- Hard work
- Perseverance - James 1:4 “Let perseverance finish it work so that you may be mature and complete; not lacking anything."
- Time management
- How to handle stress and pressure
- Teamwork - Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpen iron, so one person sharpens another.”; 1 Corinthians 12:21 “Just as one body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”
- How to overcome adversity
- Setbacks happen
- How to control our emotions
- Success requires hard work and sacrifice
- And most importantly, sports and life are not fair but God is good
LuHi athletics supports the mission of the school by committing to Christian Character Development of our student athletes. And these traits equip students to be successful athletes and people.
I know there are other venues where these life lessons and character development can take place but for me, it was on the court or field and I can’t think of many better places to learn these tough lessons – especially at a place like LuHi where you are surrounded by coaches and teammates who can continually point us back to the cross . . . where all of this now takes on a different meaning because we already have victory, eternal victory in Christ alone!
Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not men.”