What a fun day. Thank God for a wonderful group of guys to spend a Saturday with. Yes, we won this tournament. And so it makes it easy for me to say that this was a good day. But I enjoyed watching guys work through the bits of difficulty the day put in their way. I enjoyed the relaxed confidence in which people played their matches. No one panicked, no one complained, we just played.
Two years ago, I was reading a Eugene Peterson book. He suggested that the real way to go through life is "playing and praying." It is a relaxed way of sorting through life, praying through the difficult things and playing through the beautiful. But it is a freeing statement too, there's no worry in it. There's no fear. There's no anger.
Saturday's tournament felt this way to me. I was either praying or playing. The moments of play were awesome - watching Brandon sprawl across the doubles alley to drop volley an Eastern player's best forehand, cheering Simon as he spiked an overhead to secure match point, bouncing on the bus to "Sarasponda." And the moments of prayer helped me keep perspective - prayers for us let go of anger, prayers for energy, prayers for protection, prayers for confidence, prayers for our team to be filled with the Spirit's fruit. Prayers for God's will - for Christ character to be forming in us.
The other thing I love about the idea of praying and playing - they are in progress. They are present tense verbs. And so I plan to keep right on praying and playing until the end of the season!
Enjoy some pictures! Read the scores! Pray and play wherever you are today!
#1S - Byeong Min Lim - 6-3, 6-0 - Bailey Owens (11)
#2S - Jonathon Yousey - 6-4, 6-3 - Preston Pearce (11)
#3S - Lucas Brownsberger-Keyes - 6-0, 6-0 - Jakub Hvizdos (12)
#1D - Simon Hurst/Brandon Nguyen - 6-2, 6-2 - Wynn Takacs (11)/Peyton Tracy (11)
#2D - Lane Miller/Dustin Miller - 6-1, 6-1 - Quentin Inman (10)/B.J. Pemberton (10)
#1S - Byeong Min Lim - 6-0, 6-0 - Luke Mattern (11)
#2S - Jonathon Yousey - 6-7 (1), 2-6 - Rob Ford (9)
#3S - Lucas Brownsberger-Keyes - 5-7, 2-6 - Alex Driscoll (10)
#1D - Simon Hurst/Brandon Nguyen - 6-2, 6-1 - Cal Stone (12)/Asif Khan (9)
#2D - Lane Miller/Dustin Miller - 6-1, 6-0 - Matt Stein (11)/Ayden Kochar (11)
#1S - Byeong Min Lim - 6-2, 6-1 - Ryan Manfred (12)
#2S - Jonathon Yousey - 2-6, 2-6 - Isaac Beachey (11)
#3S - Lucas Brownsberger-Keyes - 6-2, 6-0 - Manny Moreno (11)
#1D - Simon Hurst/Brandon Nguyen - 6-1, 6-0 -Zach Cowart (12)/Evan Kozienski (12)
#2D - Lane Miller/Dustin Miller - 6-2, 6-1 - Matt Harrison (9)/Caleb Newhouse (12)