An Enduring Lesson

February 6, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Posted in: Encouragement | Tags: Life at the Cross

An Enduring Lesson

As many know, I have been coaching Cross Country at Bluffton High School the past 18 months. Between coaching, traveling with teenagers to visit a World War II Veteran or raising my own six children, there is an enduring lesson I've learned. When you spend enough time around young people, it’s impossible to feel pessimistic about the future! With so much angst in our present culture they seem unfazed by it. No matter how much negativity comes, time and again they seem to rise above it. Their optimism is incredibly contagious. You feel happier, more excited about the future, and younger than you are.  I’m reminded by the words of the great pitcher Satchel Paige, “How oldIMG_1295 would you be if you didn't know how old you were?” In the end, it’s about attitude - today will I give God my best in everything I do? These teenagers have taught me that, which it is why I had these plaques made for each of them before the season began. Continue to “Believe” and “To Give Anything Less Than Your Best, is to Sacrifice the Gift.” That’s how I saw them then and see them still.     

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”     Romans 8:28

BHS XC in July


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