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E Ahonui

May. 16, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading

3 ʻAʻole ia wale nō, ke hauʻoli nei nō hoʻi kākou i nā pōpilikia; ke ʻike nei, e hana ana ka pōpilikia i ke ahonui; 4 A ʻo ke ahonui i ka hoʻāʻo ʻana; a ʻo ka hoʻāʻo ʻana i ka manaʻolana: 5 A ʻo ua manaʻolana lā ʻaʻole ia i hoʻohilahila; no ka mea, ua ninini ʻia mai ke aloha i ke Akua i loko o ko kākou mau naʻau e ka ʻUhane Hemolele, i hāʻawi ʻia mai iā kākou. - Roma 3:3-5

3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.- Romans 5:3-5


He Manaʻo o Haumāna Kaiya Kapaku, KS Maui ’23- Ka Papa Kou

I have been a dedicated soccer player since the tender age of four, and for many years, it was a source of great joy and fulfillment for me. However, all of that changed when I encountered a coach who had a profoundly negative impact on my relationship with the sport. I found myself not wanting to go to practice or even think of the game I once loved so much. Unfortunately, I am not alone in this experience, as many athletes and students have had teachers or coaches who made them resent something they once loved. Despite the significant impact this coach had on me, I persevered and continued to play on the team. The fear of being singled out and the lack of enjoyment I experienced made it an arduous journey, particularly given that I was a freshman on the team. This made the experience even more daunting, as I had to navigate a new team while simultaneously dealing with the emotional turmoil brought about by the coach's actions.


As people of faith, we can expect to encounter numerous challenges in our lives, and for me, it came in the form of a coach who made the sport I loved so much a source of great pain. In these moments of difficulty, we must remember that our struggles are not in vain, but rather, they are a means of refining and strengthening us. Although we may not fully comprehend God's plan for us during times of hardship, we can trust that He is working all things together for our good. Even in the midst of our suffering, we can hold onto the hope that our trials will ultimately produce growth and transformation. In my case, my decision to persevere through the difficult season of soccer ended up paying off in ways I never could have anticipated. We made it to states, and I found myself enjoying the sport again. Later in high school, I even developed a close relationship with the coach who had once caused me so much pain, and his family. Looking back, I can see how my struggles on the soccer field shaped me into the person I am today. Without those experiences, I would not have developed the same level of perseverance, resilience, and compassion. In the end, my suffering served a purpose, and it reminds me that even in the midst of our darkest moments, God is still at work in our lives.

As we go through this journey we call life we must remember that sometimes things will not always go our way, and that we must persevere through it in order to see his true plans for us.


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