As a former baseball, cross country and golf coach, I tried to follow the various trends. Sometimes this meant studying new methods, theories and training techniques. While not all these aids fit your personality, you have to know your players and team to figure out which drill or drills would be most beneficial. However, the only downside to sports is that winning makes someone feel like a loser.
Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs, 1 Corinthians 13:5.
To promote self-esteem some districts, leagues and states have decided to stop keeping score in various sports. While the coaches in these leagues probably have good intentions, this atmosphere is creating a bunch of snow flakes who don’t know how to handle losing. Instead of enduring the pain of defeat, a generation is being taught that everyone is a winner. Unfortunately, this is not how real life works, its a cruel world filled with individuals who will do whatever it takes to win.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, 1 Corinthians 13:6-7.
This behavior has carried over into politics in recent months. Poor sportsmanship is on display nightly with some politicians taking their ball and going home instead of coming to grips with their loss. However, winners aren’t helping this problem go away as victorious professional athletes are setting a bad example. According to the apostle Paul, love does not dishonor others which occurs regularly on television. Perhaps, if players handled success in a biblical manner, winners would make the agony of defeat a little less painful. Whether you are on the winning or losing side, may you embrace humility, grace and thankfulness for the chance to compete.
by Jay Mankus