It’s only their second meet, and Regent’s track & field team has taken home three wins. What motivates such a newly formed group with little experience?
Making a mark
Newport News, VA – The Regent University track and field team competed in yesterday’s track meet at Christopher Newport University. The student-athletes representing Regent’s, emerged victorious from a competitive battle with three first place finishes. Considering the athletic program’s newness, this is quite an accomplishment. The three athletes who claimed the three races, freshman Sarah Golden, junior Jonathan Kemp, and freshman Benjamin Sese-Khalid represented their school well, embodying 2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” and Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Congrats, friends!
Working as unto the Lord
Their work is far from over. If the Regent track and field team want a bigger prize, they will have to work harder. It will take more time and effort, but there is no reason that these gifted individuals can’t reach an even greater potential. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds Christians that “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” These God-fearing student-athletes are aware of that. God has given them talents and abilities to utilize for his purpose and his glory. Not all athletes today, whether at the high school, collegiate, or professional level, acknowledges their Creator. I’m glad that these brothers and sisters in Christ are taking advantage of these opportunities.
How will the Regent track and field team do at their track meet next week? Only time will tell. Still, what they have accomplished so far in winning these races, as well as what they achieved the week before that, is no accident. They are confident they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them (Philippians 4:13), and rightly so. And even if they perform their hardest and still come up short, they can know that they did their best as unto the Lord. As the adage goes, it’s not how you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.
Jonathan Pfiegl is a contributor to The daily Runner.