January 31, 2009

Remembering a gentle spirit

A few days ago, I posted “He Took On the Form of a Servant,” and focused on what it was like live in the light of Philippians 2. Well, NC State's Coach Kay Yow was an example of this type of life.

As I listened yesterday to her pastor read letters from some of her former students, one theme resounded:   she lived her faith and demonstrated it by loving everyone. In the “Tribute to Kay Yow” program on WRAL TV last night, this is what our local sportscaster had to say.

Her pastor also told of a devotional she led at a church function, when she focused on the verse, "Let your gentleness be known to all men." She was really convicted by that verse, and said, “I never want to be a harsh coach.” Her pastor said he was so surprised because she was one of the most gentle people he knew, but that she was passionate about becoming a gentle person.

Anybody who knew her, or watched her, knew she wanted to win the game. Yet, her gentleness was demonstrated even in the heat of battle. Gentleness doesn't mean you no longer battle, it just means that you battle with respect.

I am impressed by this woman's example, and hope to one day be able to have others say of me what was said of her yesterday.

Watch the whole thing.


  1. What a wonderful testimony! And this is something I desperately need to work on. I tend to have the opposite of a gentle spirit.

    Thanks, Mary. I'm glad you were able to be involved in celebrating this woman's life and accomplishments.

  2. Hey, Rich, Here's the full 1 1/2 hour video. I didn't see it until someone else posted it on facebook. Be sure you listen to Gregory Mitchell's message.



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