Character is often not found on the fields of winners. Character is developed in struggles when one has to look deep inside of themselves and dig for the strength to continue when the odds are against them. I sit in the crowd of Joshua fans every week and watch a group of young men take the field in blue and white. These boys line up against Goliath each week not with weak knees and trembling but with heads held high. I know they hear the grumblings of the crowd and fellow students who are disappointed. I will confess to being a Monday morning quarterback too. Perhaps in the privacy of the locker rooms they too succumb to grumbling but they don’t remain there. They take the field and put forth an effort each Friday. It takes more strength to go out each week without a win than to face the field with all wins under your belt.
The success of these young men will not be found on the scoreboards posted at the end of football fields, they won’t be found in win columns in the local newspaper or even in the boastful mouths of Owl fans. No the success of these young men will be discovered in the future when as adults they face overwhelming odds and adversities. When they again dig deep and persevere.
As I sit in the stands, I am going to cheer for the boys in blue. I won’t lie, everyone wants to see a win but I know in my heart that those boys have won. Each time they take the field they are building character.