“So now you’re scared too. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:22)
With these words, Christ assures us that everything will be fine, even if we always have problems and worries in this life. He will take care of everything. We’re just trying to do our best to be with him through the ups and downs of our lives. And so in our life we should only be sport.
We need sportsmanship because true failure in life can only occur when we choose not to have hope. This is what happens when our view and understanding of things is narrow and limited, limited only to the here and now and ignorant of the transcendent reality of the spiritual and supernatural world.
Also, life involves a fight to the death against all kinds of enemies, starting with our own treacherous self, the ever-tempting world, and most importantly, the spiritual enemies who are surely more powerful than us.
After all, life is about pursuing a goal that is much bigger, yes, infinitely bigger than ourselves. We shouldn’t be a bad player who gives up easily without even trying, or in the middle of an exciting and exciting one game gives up.
We must therefore develop a strong spiritual spirit of sportsmanship in the tenor expressed in some words of St. Paul: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? So run to get it.” (1 Cor 9:24)
An indispensable part of this healthy sportsmanship, along with strong self-discipline and dedication to a continuous training program, is the sense of acceptance and dedication that we must consciously cultivate. It doesn’t come automatically, like it’s part of our genes. We must develop them.
We need to be sporty and adventurous to face the different conditions of our life. And it would help a lot if we too could have a lasting sense of humor. Otherwise, we would only fall into states of sadness, pessimism, and despair that are actually unnecessary and avoidable.
We can do this when, first of all, we have a strong and deep faith in God, our Creator and Father. When we have this faith, we know that God’s providence keeps everything in order. He takes care of everything, no matter how it goes. Ours is easy to relate everything to him and come back to him every time we get lost, especially at the end of the day.
When we have that sporty and adventurous spirit, naturally we want to play to win and have as much fun as possible. We would do our best. But we also know that this will not always happen. There will be times when we lose in a game or lose ourselves in our adventure. But no matter how things go, we can always come back to God the way we should and everything would be fine.
Regardless of whether we win or lose in a game, succeed or fail in our adventures and projects, we can still manage to have fun and, more importantly, learn valuable lessons as we learn more about ourselves and others, about our strengths and weaknesses, about the virtues we need to develop and grow, etc.*