Okay, so first things first, the Oklahoma Sooner softball team is just on an absolute tear. They're in the Women's College World Series for the fourth consecutive time, having won it twice in 2021 and 2022. This year, however, they enter the series on a 51-game winning streak.
Yes, that's FIFTY-ONE straight dubs!
Very impressive, but what is even more impressive is the team's devotion to Jesus.
Check out the answer these three players gave when asked how they keep the joy in their game when the pressure can build up so much, especially when trying to maintain such a win streak:
The only way that you can have a joy that doesn't fade away is from the Lord, and any other type of joy is actually happiness that comes from circumstances and outcomes.
I think coach has said this before, but joy from the Lord is really the only thing that can keep you motivated, just in a good mindset no matter the outcomes.
Thankfully we've had a lot of success this year, but if it was the other way around, joy from the Lord is the only thing that can keep you embracing those memories, moments, friendships and all of that.
So that's really the only answer to that, because there's no other way softball can bring you that because of how much failure comes in it and just how much of a roller coaster the game can be.
Man, that just made my day right there.
Big props to Coach Patty Gasso for keeping her girls motivated in this Kingdom-building way, and HUGE props to these players for being the best of the best and using their platform to spread the gospel!
"...the joy of the Lord is your strength."
– Nehemiah 8:10