Learn Life Lessons

Christians enter into tension with Christ’s call to engage with the world, but that is precisely where we need to be.  Holland Christian is a place to inquisitively seek Christ by uncovering every square inch that God claims as His… even in the tangible tension found in sports.  There are many positive benefits to participating in athletics, but at the same time there are many ways our sin causes us to miss the mark.  An easy answer to the problem is to say that sports do not matter and thus mildly compete.  A polar answer would base our identity on things like winning or playing time by making them our central focus.  Neither of these responses enters into the tension in the middle and they ignore how valuable sports can be for student growth.  Holland Christian’s Athletic Core Purposes come from the “process” of athletic competition as we engage with culture in the world of sport.  This is the fourth of six posts where we will visit each of our six core purposes and a specific trait that connects to them.  These purposes are not just our way of trying to control behavior in sports, they seek athletics to be learning opportunities and are the response to God’s love for us and call to put Him on display.  Our hope is for the Maroons community to better celebrate the process for our student-athletes as we live in the positive tension of His Kingdom in the world.  

4. Learn Life Lessons – Humility

“Each player contributes his own gifts and efforts so that the greater goal can be reached.  Players who seek their own glory drive the team away from success.  So it is with life.  The goal is not our own glory.  In fact, trying to make life “all about us” pushes happiness further out of reach.” – David Robinson

As students grow into their own, the middle school years can be a difficult process as kids learn the important life lesson of considering others in addition to themselves.  Humility is a foundational character trait and the work it takes to develop in our youth is only the beginning.  We will continue to have sin in our lives and a daily need for God’s grace no matter how hard we strive to put others first.  Humility acknowledges we are not our own, but need and belong fully to our Lord and Savior.  This Christ first posture allows us to see the value of others and how important teamwork and community are for His Kingdom.  Athletic teams are a great environment for students to learn about humility and the interdependent relationships needed for teams to be successful now and in life.  No matter what role an athlete has on a team, each is a valuable piece of reaching the team’s potential and should be celebrated for bringing their best effort no matter what contribution they make.  When was the last time you acknowledged the small contribution that usually goes unnoticed?  When was the last time you delighted in someone else’s big achievement?  When was the last time you gave a listening ear to another person who had nothing to give you in return? Being a humble competitor takes work, but teams full of them are a joy to be a part of.  Team members do not think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less… and give God the glory.     

1. Establish Positive Relationships – Social Intelligence
2. Have Fun – Gratitude
3. Develop Physically – Perseverance
4. Learn Life Lessons – Humility
5. Compete in God Honoring Ways – Passion
6. Build Character – Depth