Sports Column: Where there is a will, there is a way

Ryan Held


This week, let us all give a shout out to our rugby team.

In beating Robert Morris Saturday, our Barons finished the regular season unbeaten at 7 wins with no defeats. While the wins are great, there is something better that can be drawn from the way that they played. All but one of their games were not close, and that is for one reason.

Our players had determination. They had the will to win that their opponents simply did not have. All athletes should aspire to be like the men on the rugby team.

Where there is a will, there is a way. We have all heard that said many times, but sometimes we have difficulty believing it. Sometimes a task just seems impossible and we give up. However, the truth of the matter is that all things are possible when we set our minds to it. Maybe you’re struggling to lose those few extra pounds because you think you can’t keep up a healthy diet. Maybe you’re failing to get stronger because you think lifting more weight is impossible. Maybe the team is down and you think it is simply impossible to make a comeback. These are all lies that crawl into our minds when we lack faith in ourselves. We need courage. We need determination. We need the will to win.

The will to win always prevails, whether in sports or in life. We’ve seen this in our rugby team. Their will crushed the will of their opponents. Every time they came out on the field they knew that nothing would get in their way. We have also seen this in the Church. Through all the trials and persecutions, the Church survived. She had the will to win. She moves forward against all obstacles.