Dear TLS Community,
May the Best Team Win!!
The excitement is building, the nerves are jingling, the grounds are being prepared, the house teams are preparing their warm-ups and war cries, the staff are familiarising themselves with the rules – it’s Sports Day Friday!! It is always a major date on our School calendar and we are once again looking forward to lots of fun, visitors, competitiveness and good sportsmanship.
It’s also a time when a number of winter sports around the country come to a close with finals events being played and premierships achieved.
Whether it is sport or some other goal we strive for there is always a degree of effort that is required and preparations that need to be made to ensure success. Using a sporting analogy there are training and practice runs, skill development, mental preparation, good nutrition and coaching tips that need to come into play to have the best chance of success. In the end though there is no guarantee – we may not be good enough and we fall short of that success we strive for. As a St Kilda supporter I know this feeling of anticipation, effort and disappointment all too well.
I am reminded of verses from 1 Corinthians 9 where it talks about athletes:
24 In a race all the runners run. But only one gets the prize. You know that, don’t you? So run in a way that will get you the prize. 25 All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
In our Christian life we are likened to runners that are in a race – we train and strive hard to win a goal, eternal life. But unlike normal races where there is usually only one winner, we are all winners because Christ has achieved the prize for us. Does that mean we can give up on the training (worship, hearing His Word, putting love into action)? No, all that is part and parcel of our journey as Christians. We will be tempted like all athletes that it is just too hard, why bother, give up, the goal is unachievable. But we know God is there coaching us along the way, encouraging and assisting us in life’s hardships so that we can clearly see the goal of Heaven is there waiting for us.
May He guide you in your ‘training’ this week in preparation for your heavenly goal. And may the best Sports team taste success on Friday!!
PS I used to strive really hard to achieve trophies, medals etc. when I was younger – until I found out you could just buy them at a Sports Store and engrave them yourself..