our shining moments

As you’re (hopefully) well aware, the NCAA tournament came to an end last night, and after an incredible tournament one of my favorite annual facets followed the final buzzer.

CBS’s annual “One Shining Moment” video montage does an outstanding job of capturing the tourney and its significance. Yes, I know this is all “just sports,” but I honestly do believe this annual tournament displays the awesomeness of the wide, wide world of colleges and universities – our very mission fields, the tribes we love. (I wrote an essay about this – hopefully it’s encouraging to you and helps you share the importance of our work with others, too.)

Watching this year’s installment of One Shining Moment, I was reminded once again of the beauty of our field. These athletes are college students – in the prime of their lives, creative, bold, passionate, energetic like nobody else… And we get to work with them???

Awesome. Awesome.

But something nagged at me as I watched, too: Why aren’t we usually as excited about our work as these coaches are?


And our window is small. As Luther Vandross sang,

But time is short
and the road is long
in the blinking of an eye
ah that moment’s gone

Not all students experience the story, the contest, the moment like they should. Until that changes, we have coaching and cheering to do.


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