Thursday, January 3, 2008


Everyone, except West Virginians, said it couldn't be done! The WVU Mountaineers could not possibly beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl. Especially not with all the distractions of the once beloved head coach leaving in the circumstances he left. How could our players possibly keep the focus on the bowl game??

Well, they DID keep their focus and they DID win!! They shocked the nation and won 48-28!! They looked fantastic! They made WVU and the entire state of West Virginia proud!

How did they do it? Of course they are an extremely talented team! I won't even begin to list all the talented players they have! But I believe above all was the leadership they had! Bill Stewart, who had been named Interim Coach, proved to be an outstanding coach! He made terrific calls and just coached a great game. But what I was most impressed by was the leadership he was showing! When watching him on the sidelines, you could tell that he truly cared about his players. There were many hugs, many pats on the helmets, many talks to his players. And at the end of the game, there were many tears - from coaches, from players and from fans.

In listening to the interviews after the game, all of the players talked about Coach Stew and how they hoped that he would be named Head Coach. Their wish came true today when Coach Stew was named Head Coach of the Mountaineers! I truly believe that this is a day to celebrate! Coach Stewart truly has a gift of leadership and compassion, and I believe that he will bring the leadership that is so desperately needed for this team. I believe that he is a man to be respected and that he will respect his team, the university, and the state.

God has given us each gifts, whether it be leadership, serving, mercy, encouragement, compassion. While we may not all be coaches, let us all try to use the gifts that God has given us. Let us all honor our commitments and be compassionate to others. Let us show mercy when needed and let us all be generious whether it be with our time, our finances, our hearts.

Lord, thank you for the different gifts and talents you have given each of us. Let us use these gifts and talents to honor You and to show You to others.

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, , let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." Romans 12:6-8

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