Pictured below is a special bunch of boys. They are the Eagles from Decatur Heritage Christian Academy in Decatur, Alabama. After losing game 1 of the championship series yesterday, they found themselves down 8-0 before even coming to bat this morning in game two. They scratched and clawed their way back to register an unlikely comeback to win 9-8 forcing game 3 which they won 3-2 to become the 1A high school state champions.
Photo Courtesy of AL.com
I think they might be just a little happy!!!
I mentioned that this was a special group. Over and over again this season they were challenged…and each time they responded…both on…and off the field. This team has what coaches call “heart”. Having “heart” simply means that no matter what mountain one faces, they respond with a fight that cannot be denied. No doubt, the Eagles were galvanized by the challenges they faced together. Our Native American friends remind us over and over again that it isn’t the size of the dog in the fight…its the size of the fight in the dog.
Coach Bear Bryant often spoke of the “intangibles” that an athlete possesses. This group of young men demonstrated that they had those “intangibles” of which he spoke, and today it paid off in a big way.
Some real world observations…
Sometimes we face insurmountable odds in life. Sometimes the world tells us we just aren’t good enough. Are we going to believe the lies, or are we going to set our faces to that which God wants for us (Luke 9:51), and refuse to let the criticism of others stand against us?
How big is the fight inside of us? Are we willing to come out swinging when we are backed into a corner. When we stare at that mountain…do we fear? Do we cower under the pressure? Or do we refuse to be defeated? Do we refuse to let those who stand against us…those who stand in criticism over us…and want to see us fail have the last word?
Sometimes…we find out just how strong we are when we have no choice…but to fight.
The trick is recognizing when that is our only option.
How big is the fight in you?
Do you have “heart”?