Learning Character through Losing

By Karen Carlson

Learning a lesson from our football players.  Tirelessly, our Lions battled the foe without victory for three games.  Disappointed, they only competed till half time.  Despite losing, by the fourth game, our players began holding back their opponents.  Mercilessly, they were defeated two more times, but they finished the entire four quarters.  They defeated the Mercy Rule!  Touch down gained game four.  Devoted, our football players practice up to twelve hours per week.  Sore, tired muscles give way to faster, more agile hands and feet.  It is not surprising when our football players, or any sports participant drops from exhaustion.  Nor as parents are we surprised by sweaty, smelly, muddy players.  Perseverance, sweat and tears are expected.  Likewise the brain, is a muscle that must be stretched and strained.  Writing and reading comprehension are like the physical conditioning and drills of football.  These drills cause sweat and tears.  Yet, drill after drill, exercise after exercise, this practice will also result in victory if completed faithfully.  Perseverance pays off.  Rewards result not only in physical exercises, but in academics exercises as well.  As the Apostle Paul, encouraged the body of Christ, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  So be encouraged, when our children, drop from mental exhaustion, grow weary, and shed tears, that eventually they and us will gaze upon sweet victory.  Victory may not appear in six weeks, more like thirty, but success will arrive, and when it does, it will taste sweeter than honey.  Stay faithful!


BTW, Legacy Lions won last night 53-36.  The victory tasted that much sweeter after several defeats!!