I’ve had the privilege to serve as the chaplain for the Henderson County High School football team this year. I’ve been blessed to see these young men work hard, play as a team, and attain victory. The theme for the team this year, as shared frequently by head coach Clay Clevenger, is “Talent is Never Enough.”
That theme proved especially true last Friday night as Henderson County faced Fern Creek High School in the second round of the playoffs. Henderson County, a team from a small town in Western Kentucky with few extremely talented athletes, faced Fern Creek, a team from Louisville, Kentucky with lots of speeds, size, and talent. Fern Creek has three players that have committed to play football at the University of Louisville next season. No one really gave Henderson County much of a chance against Fern Creek. Yet, when the final whistle blew, Henderson County was on top 56-35.
How did this happen? One may think that Henderson County capitalizaed on numerous turnovers from Fern Creek. Not so. There was only one turnover in the entire game. Henderson County soundly beat Fern Creek because it takes more than talent to win a football game. Henderson County won the game not because of talent, but because of determination, teamwork, commitment, resolve, intelligence, fearlessness, and perseverance.
Whether you’re facing a challenge on the football field, in ministry, or in life in general. Remember, that the key to success is not talent, because talent is never enough.