A Word from our AD

Beck Brydon
Our athletic department theme for 2018-2019 is GRIT.  While GRIT is not an original Greek or Hebrew term, there are other terms like steadfastness that mirror this concept of GRIT.  There are several different definitions of GRIT, but my favorite is courage and resolve; strength of character.
Prior to 2015, each varsity sport chose its own “theme” for the year, something that the kids, coaches and parents in that sport could rally around for the three to four month season.  While this approach has some obvious benefits, it wasn’t contributing toward one of our athletic department-wide goals, consistency of experience.  A parent approached me with the idea of having one, central theme that all sports, all teams, all kids and all parents could rally around… brilliant!  So we adopted this new concept a few years ago. Not wanting to remove all creative license from our teams, we allow each sport, led by the Varsity Head Coach of that sport and his/her leadership team, to selects its team scripture that will support the overarching theme.
 
Our athletic department theme for 2018-2019 is GRIT.  While GRIT is not an original Greek or Hebrew term, there are other terms like steadfastness that mirror this concept of GRIT.  There are several different definitions of GRIT, but my favorite is courage and resolve; strength of character.   
 
To give you an example as to how this works within a sport, our football team’s Leadership Council chose as this year's team verse, James 1:2-4: ”Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
 
It's always important to read scripture in proper context.  Early Christians had just scattered after the stoning of Stephen, and James was encouraging them with some reminders... one, trials (with regard to their faith in Christ) were coming.  And two, that their character and likeness to Christ would be developed through the standing up to those trials. This is pretty heavy stuff!
 
To help our teenage boys understand this, I reminded them of what happens in the weight room.  You can't lift 250 lbs until you've lifted 150 lbs, and you can't lift 150 lbs until you've lifted 100 lbs.  It’s a process.  While our "trials" might not currently be as weighty as what the early Christians experienced, it is important that our young men develop their courage and resolve, their strength of character in the small trials before the medium ones come, and in the medium trials before the large ones come.
 
GRIT… Please join with me in prayer for, and in discussions with, all of our students; that they develop this character trait this year. And not just our students! We each have our own opportunities to develop GRIT to God’s glory.
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