This fall we started our first ever girls sports team at Agape. We have several girls ages 9-13 playing on the volleyball team. For many of them, it is their first time to play organized sports. I was amazed at their courage to get out on the court with very little experience or practice before our first game. I myself have no official experience as a coach, and I certainly had no frame of reference for coaching girls at this age. I began to recall how incredibly nervous I was in middle school playing volleyball for the first time. It is a team sport, but I remember the pressure to make a good play when the ball comes your way, and the spotlight is on you.
Remembering all of this from my youth, I have been really impressed to watch these girls go out and play such a sport. I have seen so much improvement in such a short period of time. We won our first game last night! But this game is not about winning (although we still try). Whether we are nine years old or 29 years old, these games can teach much more than that. I think for me and for these girls, the best thing we can learn from this experience revolves around the question, “When you are losing, how do you respond?” It’s easy to be happy, courageous, giving, even humble, when the scoreboard is in your favor. But what do you say, think, and do when you face a loss? My prayer is that we will all grow in this respect, and that we will have FUN!
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