“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” 
Colossians 3:23 (NASB)

One day earlier this year when I was at volleyball practice, I had a conversation with one of my teammates about the reason we played volleyball together as a team. Now, if you know me or my family, you know we’re very competitive! So this started because I told my friend that I play to win. However, they responded by saying that this is not why we should play. We should play for our team, so that we can grow our friendships and also become a better team overall to support our school. Are both of us right in this situation? Is it wrong for us to want to win? 

God calls us to work our hardest at everything we do so that we may bring glory to Him, rather than ourselves. Colossians 3:23 (NASB) says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” This means that whenever we work at anything, such as a sport, we should give it our all and keep our focus on God. When we turn our focus to something such as being the very best on the team, we break down the relationships that we need to build in order to be a functional team. When this happens, we are not using the gifts and talents that God has given us in the way that He intended us to. He wants us to use these to bring glory to Him through our actions. 

Does this mean that we cannot have fun or be competitive in our day-to-day life? Absolutely not! Sometimes competing can make you better at something. For example, when I go out on the court to play a volleyball game, I go out ready to win and play to my fullest ability. However, there must be a balance between wanting to win and playing so that your competitiveness does not change your attitude. 

Girls Volleyball

As track and field coach Billy Bowerman said, “Victory is in having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.” We must keep this idea in mind as we enter into competitive atmospheres throughout our lives. Even if we do not win, we should look back on what we’ve accomplished and see how we can improve, but also be proud of what we did. Therefore, I urge you to look at your attitude when you are in a competitive situation, and see if it aligns with what God would want you to say or do.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Taylor, one of our eleventh grade students (pictured).