The Thrill of Victory…The Agony of Defeat

Maybe this phrase rings a bell. It was the tag line of a long running program called “The Wide World of Sports.” And it is still referenced today to describe what happens in all sorts of life events.

Having a winner and others who do not win is part of life. And it is a difficult lesson for young people to learn.

We found that out recently when we had a drawing for a toy truck at our Touch a Truck event. Numerous young children were sorely disappointed when they found out that only one person would win the truck and that it might not be them.

It is important to know that grades in SPLS are not handed out with one class victor and the remainder relegated to defeat. One child’s success does not preclude any other child from also experiencing success. In fact, we often tell our students that we believe everyone can succeed with effort and responsibility. And that we are rooting for each and every one of them.
We even go so far as to tell them that their victory (getting work completed and turned in on time, work that is well done, test scores that show the payoff from study, an improved grade) is our victory.

And this means that students do not achieve success by academically climbing over others or pushing them aside.

Finally, it is important for each child to recognize what constitutes victory for him or her. In some cases this is simply improving over past performance. That is why we are glad to announce our B.U.G. awards that are being provided by our Kiwanis Builders’ Club chapter here at SPLS.

Students already receive honor roll recognition. But there are students who work hard and still do not reach that threshold. Any student who is NOT on Honor Roll and raises one third term core subject grade will receive a B.U.G. Award and will celebrate with an ice cream treat. The definition of raising a grade is raising the number grade at least one digit in the tens place. In other words from a 71 to an 83. Or from a 68 to a 74.  Going from an 82 to an 87 would not qualify.

We are so glad that our place as forgiven people of God and our assured home in heaven is also not a competition. Peter, in his second letter assures us that: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” In other words, God, through His Son, wants EVERYONE to experience the thrill of His victory, which becomes our victory.

In His Children’s Service, Robert C. Boyd


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