My team may be much more talented than our opponent and win the contest easily, but that type of win can actually be less instructive than losing to a team with similar ability or talent. The point being that not all wins are equal and not all losses are equal either.
Our work, even when mundane, needs to be an offering to God. We need to make that offering our best work, regardless of what work we are called to do.
I believe that sports offer an avenue and environment that is rich with opportunity for character development. If priorities are correct and colleges take an intentional approach toward their athletic programs, athletes can leave these programs with an experience that influences their character with a richness that is difficult to achieve in any other setting.
We have paid the culture of sports the ultimate compliment–we study it, we talk about it, we give some our treasurers to it, and we too often imitate it.