A New Season - Nate Augspurger

February 9 marks a new season as we host our first home opener in San Diego. After two months of preseason training, I’m ready to lead this team to the championship. After losing in the Major League Rugby Final last season, we’ve added a few great, new players and we’re ready to attack the field. 

Personally, I have plenty of parts of my game I’m working on improving for this season. And as a leader on the team, I want to improve on my leadership as I serve my teammates. Being seen as one of the favorites for this season, we are presented with a new challenge: being overconfident (which we never want to be). If we fall into the trap of thinking we have it all together, we’re in trouble. The key is to have humility with confidence, knowing we have what it takes, but we have to work our hardest to get there. 

With new players coming in, we want to make sure the culture and environment remains steady and growing strong. Every time you add new ingredients to the equation, things will change, and we want to see things change for the better. We want to raise the already-high standards we set last season and exceed them.

While at the Rugby World Cup last year, I learned a lot of vital lessons I want to bring to my team. In Japan, I was eager to learn from the experiences and perspectives of my coaches and teammates so I could implement their expertise into my game. This was a huge growth opportunity, one I want to bring to my teammates here as well. By placing yourself in others’ shoes — especially those who have experienced what you hope to — you can grow in ways you wouldn’t be able to on your own. If I had let my own perspective and baggage cloud my vision at the World Cup, I wouldn’t be the player or person I am today. 

This season, even greater than my desire is to grow as a leader and player is my desire to grow closer to God. With my team Bible study, my discipleship group, my growing involvement with the local Church and my personal time with the Lord, I want to become more like Christ. Every time I get closer to God, He gives me wisdom that fills my heart and soul. I want to be fully filled with the grace and wisdom of God as I continue to follow Him. Will you join me in doing the same? 

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have, get understanding.” — Proverbs 4:6-7

— Nate Augspurger, USA Rugby and San Diego Legion player

Nate Augspurger is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Nate’s Increase profile: https://theincrease.com/author/nate-augspurger/ 

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