MacArthur relates a sports article of a high school basketball team from Rockville County, Georgia. They had won the state championship, but the coach later discovered one of his players had failed some academic courses, and was technically ineligible for the team. He reported the infraction, and the team forfeited the championship.

I’m sure it was painful to give up the title, but the coach believed his first responsibility was to be a good example to his team. If he covered up the truth, his players would believe he had flaunted the rules. Winning a state championship at the expense of his integrity was not worth the price. Too many young lives could be adversely affected. “Winning means nothing anyway unless you do it by the rules,” the coach told incredulous reporters.

He goes on to remind us that young people represent a sacred trust, and that we can be a good influence.

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Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. ~ 1 Tim 4:12