Edward's Cross Country Coach gives the team a race sheet with quotes & comments on it after every race. Since running is such a great metaphor for the Christian life, he always has something good to say to the kids about it.
"Everyone has the will to win, but few have the will to prepare to win." -Coach Bobby Knight
"For runners the above quote means that pretty much everyone can pick up the pace at least a little bit in the homestretch, but very few people have paid attention to all the little things up until that point to be in the best position possible. Preparation is rarely glamorous but almost always crucial in doing anything well, including preparing the way for Jesus' return." -Edward's coach
So tonight, Bridget & I were sitting on the couch together, and talking about the health form thingy for track because she missed the sports physical at school last night when we were out playing in the rain. I reassured her, no problem, we can go to Dr. H. and anyways, track isn't until next spring and you will be doing a lot of training until then, yada, yada, yada. Then that Bobby Knight quote from above just sort of fell naturally out of my mouth and Bridget was looking at me like I was so very wise almost with tears in her eyes. This lasted all of 2 seconds until Maria piped in about how this quote was from the last the race sheet. Who knew Maria would be reading the race sheets? And then Bridget started laughing at how she had been believing that I could really say something so profound and coach-like as if I thought about sports all the time. At least I tried. As Babe Ruth once said, "Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."