Win or Lose
article originally written 14 Jan 16
posted to this site 15 Jan 16
photo by: Shirley/Missouri/January 2016
Last night was hard because of all the losses, but I have to say that I have never been more proud of our wrestling team. I saw at work in them determination
and good sportsmanship. 
I know it was there all along, but last night, against the backdrop of a team who
was sorely lacking in good manners, our guys shined bright.
Last night’s meet added to my admiration of the hard work many of our wrestlers are putting into this season. I know they have not been as diligent as they could be with their practices but I have seen their faces at the meets when they are facing their opponents. I have seen them walk away with wins and losses still showing good sportsmanship toward the other teams/coaches. I know that is because of what they have been taught by their coaches (and/or parents).
Losing well is just as important, if not more important, as winning.
There are some for whom winning comes easy.
Winning with ease tends to breed arrogance and hardened hearts
toward those who have to work harder to achieve the same goals.
I’ve seen that at work too, in different areas of life. It’s not a pretty sight.

I will keep supporting our team. I will keep going to as many meets as I can to cheer (and pray for them) from the bleachers. I hope they will continue to fight as hard as they can to win their matches and I hope that they will continue to exhibit good sportsmanship if/when they lose. I hope they will walk away from the losses with a mindset of learning from their mistakes so they can continue to improve their skills. I hope they will understand someday (if they don’t already), that whether they win or lose, they are loved and that they will hold onto the hope of doing better next time. I hope they will remember all that this sport season teaches them about winning well and losing well.  Win or lose, character matters!

Integrity is a treasure worth far more than
all the medals or trophies this world could lay at our feet.
The ironic thing about it is that all the money in the world cannot buy it.
Integrity is a gift we give to ourselves.

Better to be poor and live one’s life uprightly
than engage in crooked speech, for such a one is a fool.
Proverbs 19:1

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
because my hope is in you.
Psalm 25:21

The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the duplicity of the treacherous destroys them.
Proverbs 11:3

The righteous live a life of integrity; happy are their children after them.
Proverbs 20:7

Similarly, urge the young men to be self-controlled, and in everything set them an example yourself by doing what is good. When you are teaching, have integrity and be serious; let everything you say be so wholesome that an opponent will be put to shame because he will have nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:6-8

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