Congratulations to the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles on becoming STATE CHAMPIONS in Class 1A Basketball this weekend! History was made. JCD had never won a Girls’ Basketball State title. But Coach Scott Smith did not forget those who paved the path through the years and who also played for that title but fell short. Each year in basketball is different – players are different, competition is different, even rules are different. But at JCD, the girls’ motto is “Tradition Never Graduates”.
After any kind of tournament championship, the tradition at JCD is for the championship team to lay down and “kiss the Eagle” on the gym floor. Since the floor was redone and it was decided to not have the Eagle in the middle of the floor anymore (against my wishes – hahaha), the winning team circles around the JCD on the floor and kisses it.
With “Tradition Never Graduates” motto in mind, at the pep rally following the championship victory, Coach Smith asked any girls’ basketball player who had ever played at JCD to stand. Past girls’ basketball players were peppered throughout the gym. He then asked them to make their way down to the floor, and join the state championship team in the traditional “kiss of the eagle” because they were a part of the victory by paving the way at JCD! It was in true “Scott Smith style and class”!!
I’m sure the girls who had sought this championship were thrilled for Scott and the team but there may have been just a little tiny bit of the “I wish it could have been me” feeling inside. I have two girls who made a good run at it themselves. Scott knew this feeling because he had coached a lot of those girls over his many years at JCD. He knew just what to do to include them. Tradition Never Graduates!! It’s a family at JCD and we are proud to be a part of it!
You know the saying: “He who dies with the most toys wins”?
What are we going to win? We’re dead! I read the other day that the saying should really read “He who dies with the most toys……still dies”.
Now there is nothing wrong with “things” and material possessions. Everyone likes nice things and shiny things! But if we put all our efforts into material possessions instead of relationships, then we may leave this world with the most stuff …………but will there be anyone left behind that will grieve? Will there be relationships that are mourning because we are gone? I certainly hope so.
Relationships are what matters in this world. To build relationships, we have to give of ourselves – our time, our talents, our money, our love. We can have things for ourselves and do things for ourselves but life is much better when we have people to share all of those things with. Relationships are what keeps us going- relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and other Christians.
Jesus is the ultimate example of how to develop relationships. He had very little material possessions but invested in relationships every day with his 12 closest friends, his family and many strangers. And He is waiting today to build a relationship with you. Do you have that relationship with Him?
When we leave this world, it will not matter how much stuff we have. He who has the most toys will not win…………but He who has the relationship with the One who has it all – then he wins!
Natalie Grant’s song – In The End says it all…………..enjoy!
Right doesn’t always feel GOOD.
But right feels right!
John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Do what’s right in the sight of the Lord today and you WILL find freedom.
Have you ever flown on an airplane at night? When you are approaching the airport, the city is all lit up. I remember flying into Indianapolis one night and our plane took a small dip as it turned to one side to line up with the runway. I could see what seemed like the entire city lit up like a Christmas tree. It was beautiful!
Lights shine the prettiest when it is dark. I love sitting in the dark at Christmas time and looking at the lights on the tree, the mantel and the village all lit up. I love walking downtown in a city at night and just admiring the lights. At Disney World, one of the highlights of the evening is the light parade where dozens of floats glide by carrying characters that are decked out in costumes made of lights.
We are people who are just drawn to light. This world is full of darkness and sin. The devil loves darkness because evil is done in the dark. Darkness can be scary. But put some light in that darkness and evil begins to shudder because it is being exposed.
Matthew 5:14-16 says “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.”
How awesome it is that we can be the light in this dark world! As sin surrounds us and the devil tries to prowl around us in the darkness, we can show our light of Jesus to the world and light up the dark!
I thought my view was pretty from the airplane…….think about how beautiful the view is for Jesus……..seeing His followers light up this earth. Let’s do it! Let’s light up our corner of the world. Think how awesome this will be if we all just do our part! SHINE BRIGHT!