SOCCER: A PLAYERS' GAME

I'VE BEEN INVOLVED with soccer for many years, first as a player through my college years, and now as a coach. I love it because it's a players' game, and at most levels less about fanfare than about participation.

From an early age, I was encouraged to play competitive sports to the best of my ability at whatever level I was involved. And, as a Christian Scientist, I began to see soccer in particular as an opportunity to demonstrate my God-given talents and to view agility, quickness, freedom, strength, fearlessness, poise, grace, and harmony as spiritual qualities to be applied not just on the sports field but also in everyday life. I was taught that there's no finer motivator than this well-loved Bible verse: "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (I Cor. 10:31).

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