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Praying for Endurance

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12
Posted on:
July 3, 2023

It’s that time of year again, when around one hundred and twenty students form each house make their way down to Witton Park to compete in a series of track and field events. There are so many things that make Saint Wilfrid’s a great place to be as a member of staff or student, and Sports Day is definitely one of those.  

I love a good statistic and crunching data. In 2016, we were in a strange situation, where only one person in school held a record. That was Matt Crawford, the LSA. But the summer of 2017 heralded a new era in sporting success for our students. Records were broken in 200m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Discus and Javelin. Records that had stood for over twenty years had gone. Probably the greatest part was that a parent who had come to help officiate at the event saw her own record surpassed and was able to congratulate the new holder.

As it stands, before the events of 2023, we have three current students with records. They are in the Y8 60m, Y9 100m and Y7 Discus.

The challenge, as we encourage each other to give our all to win the competitions at Sports Day, is that we continue to spur each other on to achieve the ultimate reward, taking hold of all that God has got planned for us.

My prayer is for good weather, high levels of friendly competitiveness, more school records and rewards for all those students who show endurance, perseverance and character this year.

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
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