At Briarwood, we bear the title “Christian” in the name of our school. Since we are a Christian school, we are held to a higher standard at all times. I view this standard of being a Christ follower as an opportunity and not a burden. Even though I cannot be perfect, I can strive to be my very best and demonstrate the love of Christ to those at school and those at other schools. Athletics has been my primary outlet to have an impact on others through my faith both on and off the field.
I have participated in school athletics since my junior high years at Briarwood. During my senior year, I was selected by my coach as the captain of the basketball team. As captain, I felt a huge obligation to represent Christ both on and off the court. Although most may not view the captain as a very important role, I wanted this role to be an opportunity to show Christ to my teammates and other teams by my sportsmanship. During practice and games, I tried to set an example by being one of the hardest workers on the court and giving 100% effort. In Colossians 3:23, we are commanded to work hardily as unto the Lord and not unto man, because we know it is the Lord Christ we are serving. During the games, I tried to represent Christ in multiple ways. Many times during games and practice, the situations get intense and the emotions run high. I believe small things can impact others during these situations. I did my best to guard my mouth from evil and encourage others instead. I made it a point to always be the first one there to help a teammate or an opponent up from the ground after a fall. These small acts of kindness during these situations help dispel the tension and demonstrate the love of Christ. Setting a Christ-like example by these small acts can cause others to wonder why someone would care enough to pick them up with a kind word or with a hand to get up off the court. Our ultimate example of selflessness and love for others was Christ demonstrating His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
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