Landon to me exemplifies faithfulness through struggle. His freshman season was a general success with a winning JV record and even getting a varsity win. Sophomore year however, was a struggle as he ended with a losing record. Junior year Landon broke into the varsity with 8 straight wins before hitting a tough patch in the middle of the season. And this year started rough and is stalled right now because of injury.
So Landon has each year faced difficulty, but he is a true example of never letting go of what is important. He fixes his eyes on what is good, what God is doing, and makes it through. His hope, his faithfulness, have always been rewarded. But even more importantly than that, his faithfulness to the team and to God have always been rewarding to others. As we discuss God at tennis camp, his thoughts have encouraged others to stay faithful to Jesus. As we struggle to improve in tennis, his faithful practice example and encouragement have pushed others to get better.
This is a beautiful testament to the way that Landon lives. He has a natural leadership about him that flows out of his character. People trust that Landon will always be there. I pray that Landon will continue to be faithful, eyes fixed on Jesus, and that he will encourage many with his example in life.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.