Philosophy of Athletes
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I Corinthians 6:19,20.
Since we are not our own and since our bodies belong to God, we must keep the body in subjection to the new nature that we have in Christ. Physical education and extracurricular sports have a place in the Christian School, just as mental education and spiritual instruction have their respective places. Yet we will not place the training of the body above the academic and spiritual training.
The sports guidelines of WCA will be followed by all students. All parents are expected to support the standards and goal of WCA for the overall student body and Christian school ministry. Parents must keep the long range goals foremost in mind when decisions and policies must be made that limit or eliminate student participation in sports.
The prevailing attitude among all those connected with the sports program at WCA should be – I want Christ to be seen in my life. Such an attitude will mold and shape Christian character from the inside to the outside. The following guidelines are designed to make the sports program profitable for each participant:
- Obedience – Do what your coaches and others whom God has put in authority over you tell you to do with a good attitude. If you have a question, do not be afraid to ask for clarification.
- Diligence – Use all your strength and ability to complete each part of your task, whether it be cleaning up,doing drills, conditioning, competing in a game, or any other activity.
- Responsibility – Do everything that is expected of you, whether being directly supervised or not. Do not make the coach “baby-sit” you.
- Determination – Make up your mind to accomplish all of God’s goals in His time, regardless of the opposition.
- Confidence – Remember, as you give totally all you have to Jesus, you become a winner in God’s sight.
- Intensity – Give a “total release” performance at all times, focusing your attention on the job at hand, putting forth every effort to complete it perfectly.
- Perseverance – Always do your best and try to win, as this is the object of competition. If you have done your best, there is nothing to regret.