Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 224 Gwen Thielges they had were it not for the scout squad at practice. They were very complimentary of the talent of their teammates and were grateful for the caliber of competition they provided at practice. They realized the all-out effort of the second string forced the starters to put in harder work, and therefore the entire team benefitted. If you are a redshirt or a role player, you are going to receive reactions different from what the star players receive. It can be an exercise in humility. It can also be a time to reflect as to why you are playing college sports. If it is for the fame or the feeling of importance, then it may be time to rethink your motivation! If you keep reminding yourself that you are competing for an Audience of One and that your wholehearted effort as a redshirt, role player, or as a star player—whatever the case may be—makes a positive difference to the entire makeup of the team, you will definitely be practicing and playing with a Christlike mindset. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Dear Lord, every team is composed of players with different skill sets and contributions. Lord, I want to be ready physically and mentally to fill any role that the coaches ask me to. Help me be prepared to be an asset to the team; to assist in functioning at its highest potential no matter what contribution I am expected to make. In Your holy name I pray, Amen.