Winning at life

It seems only fitting that this is Spirit Week leading up to the Homecoming game and ceremony tomorrow. It was a week filled with history-making moments for our athletes and coaches. This past Saturday, the soccer team became the first in school history to capture the OVAC Championship title! The exhilarating game against Linsly was tied 1-1 and, after two overtimes, it went to a penalty shoot-out that was ultimately won by the Warriors! Making it even more incredible, five of the soccer starters had played for the Warrior football team in an exciting 30-0 victory over Southern Local just the night before.

The high school cross country boys’ team also made history by becoming the first one in the school’s history to win first place in a meet! So many of the teams are recording victories, overcoming odds, or showing growth that it’s hard to keep up, and it’s creating excitement throughout the school. Even more important than the wins and losses, though is the way our student-athletes are demonstrating spiritual growth and fruit. Stories of our kids inviting a tough opponent into a prayer circle after a game or choosing to be baptized as a declaration of their commitment to Christ speak to a higher goal than a trophy.

Head Varsity Football Coach Christopher Simpson said it well in a recent letter to parents.

“These are major moments in our development. The wins are great. The attention is great. But when I see the personal growth of our players as good Christians, it gives me chills. God is at work and doing amazing things with our athletes.

I could care less if we win another game. Our athletes are winning at life. They are winning as good Christian servants.”

That’s the end goal! Winning at life is not a victory that is decided in one contest or one season. We’re in it for the long haul, and we want to make our time here count for eternity!

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