One of my favorite passages is from 1 Corinthians 13: 1-8 which talks about love never failing and I was trying to find a way to work it into my reflection today. But as I started thinking about what I wanted to say, my heart kept taking me to reflect on the end of the school year and the impending summer and change of weather, hopefully. Which led me to think about the journey of this past school year and this summer’s journey. As I thought about another school year coming to a close, I was immediately taken to one of my coaching themes and how it is all about the process. Over the years, I have kind of changed my whole coaching focus. When I first started it was all about that final result, the number of wins and if I didn’t reach a certain win total the year was a failure. Then it finally hit me. I had read a book titled “The End Is Not the Trophy” and now I start each season telling my guys that the journey is greater than the inn (a quote from John Wooden). I now believe it’s all about the process and not that final number of wins. Each season is not about records but about that journey we take together as a group, the highs and lows and the relationships that we formed and how much we grew as people and as a team. I believe that our faith life is much the same. Yes, we all want to reach that final destination and have eternal life but as we move through this life we are embarking on a journey of faith and a growth in that faith. As we near the end of the Easter season, I am realizing that yes that final destination of the Resurrection is what Lent was all about but Jesus and the apostles also journeyed and all those events leading up to that final Sunday had important points also and necessary steps for growth in a spiritual journey. So as another school year comes to a close and summer begins I think it’s a great time to refocus on my spiritual journey. To think about where I started as a young boy and where I am today, there has been much growth and will hopefully more to come. As I continued reading that passage from 1 Corinthians beyond the line “love never fails,” I came across verse 11 which says “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” I am not sure why I kept reading but now it makes sense as there is a hint of my theme about the journey and growth in this line. Coincidence I kept reading? I think not.
Here’s to a summer of journeying and growth,
Head Boys' Basketball Coach