postheadericon When the Game Stands Tall

I had a leadership training at church yesterday for my high school students and I chose to show them When the Game Stands Tall. Before I begin, let me just say that if you haven't seen this movie yet - SEE IT! I will try not to give much away while still sharing what I want to say.

This is a movie inspired by the true story of the De La Salle High School football team. The team shattered the previous national record for longest winning streak (72) with 151 wins between 1992 and 2004. Again, check out the movie if you haven't seen it yet!

Toward the end of the movie, one of the players makes a decision to forgo a huge personal achievement because he realizes that it's not about him. He says that it's not about him or a record, it's about the team. And it's about their coach. He gives up personal glory to make sure that the focus stays on the team as a whole. He pays tribute to a man, his coach, who brought them there. I can't watch it without completely welling up with tears, what wisdom and courage this young man shows in that moment.

It made me think about my own life. Am I willing to give up personal achievement to remember who brought me there?

"I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me
[I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him
Who infuses inner strength into me;
I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].
- Philippians 4:13 (AMP)

As I've spent my week getting back into a routine of getting to the gym and beginning my trainining for my first ever (and probably only) marathon, I recited that verse a whole heck of a lot. When the workouts got I hard, I prayed for God's strength. I have finally realized that I cannot reach my goal without Christ.

I want to be like the football player when I reach my finish line. To God be the glory.
I'm so thankful that I have people in my life who keep me humble. Who remind me that it's not about me, but it's all about Him. And I'm thankful for movies that drive that point home even further. Will I have the courage to stand up and say, "I did it because Christ gave me strength?" I certainly hope so!

"In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your Father in heaven."
- Matthew 5:16

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0 # Ingy 2015-01-11 13:37
Excellent! Training will be hard but know you can do it and you have the best perspective. Love you lots!
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0 # Janet 2015-01-12 18:08
Thanks, Mom :)
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