Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Running the Talk

The title I gave this post "Running the Talk" instead of 'walking your talk' seemed appropriate in light of last nights track awards.
Hebrews 12:1-2 The Race of Faith
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Drew got his varsity letter, most outstanding male athlete, and all-state recognition.
But as a parent I must admit those awards are cool, but the comments on his leadership, his hard work and his character definitely top the awards for me.
I am very proud of how Drew has developed his leadership skills among his peers and chosen to use his position to direct the team in positive ways (when he is not leading the shaved ice fight!)
Last summer he was given the opportunity to attend two leadership camps both of which you had to be nominated for and were completely free for the nominee. One was in conjunction with the Olympic Trials and was all about leading in your running. The other was put on by Rotary (Drew being their first ever homeschooler to attend). He learned so much and has grown so much from the experience. I have watched him direct the team when the coach is gone, he has encouraged the new runner on the team, he has encouraged working hard at the right time and playing hard at the right time. His ability as a runner has put him in a position of leadership, but it is his God given leadership qualities and his love of the Lord that has allowed him to lead with integrity.
When I am asked what makes him such an outstanding athlete? All I can say is that he loves it and works harder and through more pain than anyone I know, except maybe his Dad and Sister.
God has given Drew an amazing talent and I am praising the Lord that he has chosen to develop that talent, show humility in his success, and seek the Lord's leading in where his running will take him.

It is high praise when your coach refers to you has his 'little brother', and I know Drew has very much apprecitated all the time and dedication Peit has given to the team. So 'Huckleberry', as coach usually calls him, will look forward to returning next year for his senior year and all that lays beyond.

Thanks for letting me have the time to love on my son in words of encouragement and praise.


Hilltrain said...

You have every reason to be a proud mama! :)

Laurel said...

My boys love reading all about Drew, and hope to meet him when we are down your way. Plans will be made soon; and I'll let you know.