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Celebrate the managers
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
November 14, 2023

At the conclusion of the Wisconsin boys high school state Division 3 basketball championship game, all the players had been awarded their medals. It was time for Nick Bennett, the head coach from Racine St. Catherine’s to walk out on to the court, pick up that state championship trophy, take it back to his team, and celebrate.

Instead, he sent the manager. When the young man with Down Syndrome walked out to pick up the trophy, the crowd and team cheered like crazy—and the celebration became even sweeter.

Too often, managers get none of the attention or respect they deserve. They take care of all the details, check in on the coaches before they leave school for the night, and do all the things nobody pays attention to. They’re the most faithful fans—with none of the glory. 

The Christian pastor or TV preacher or blogger or teacher might get all the attention, but there are faithful “managers” working every day to build God’s family—and they shouldn’t be overlooked. They quietly pray for their friends and family and text encouragement. They open the doors and count the offerings at church. They serve at food pantries and homeless shelters. Look for these managers, and let them know how valuable they are. 

Remind them God loves their humble service and can’t wait to give them the ultimate trophy of eternal life when they get to heaven. “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory” (Psalm 149:4).