“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares The Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you
plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
As I look back on my senior year of high school and think about all that God has done for me, I smile. I smile not because I received all that I thought I needed to have an amazing
senior year, but I smile because I received all that I needed to be a great man one day. As a starry-eyed young senior, I was ready to finish high school and see where God was leading me in my life and where I wanted to go. I took a Nazarite vow because I
wanted God to give me strength for my rugby season because I was unsure of my spot on the varsity team. My school brought someone new who played my position and was a year older than me, and I was nervous about keeping my grades up so that I could pass the
year. I asked God to give me strength for the season, so I would maintain my grades and he would help me in all my leadership positions.
I was ready to see all of what would make my last year so great. The season was about to begin and
we were having a pre-season tournament and I was so excited, but during one of our games I fell down hard on my shoulder and had to be escorted off the field. It was heartbreaking to find out that I dislocated my shoulder, and it was bad. The doctors told
me I had two options: play the season with my shoulder and risk dislocating or get surgery that would abruptly end my season. I chose to take the surgery because high school rugby was not where I wanted to stop with my rugby. My season ended but I didn’t
miss out on anything because Covid-19 just released its latest variant. It was a blessing in disguise for me because it gave me the time to go to extra classes to improve my grades and prepare for the SAT and National Senior Certificate (NSC) which is the
required national standardized test for high school completion.
I completed my senior year of high school in December 2021, and I passed my NSC and received a bachelors’ pass on my national report card last month. Last week, I was
accepted to the college of my choice Life University in Marietta, Georgia where I will continue my dreams of playing rugby. My shoulder is completely recovered now, and I have found an adult rugby team to keep me in shape while I wait to go to university in
the fall and study sport science. As I look back on last year and all that God has shown me, I have learned to trust him more and whenever he throws a curve ball in my plans I don’t have to question him because his plans for me are much greater than
● I will continue to grow in my walk with The Lord.
● I have a rugby tour to Spain & Portugal that will be 25 June - 3 July and I hope it goes well
During the Summer break Life University will host a rugby training camp where they offer scholarships to rugby players.
● That God will continue to open doors for me so that I can play for America’s national rugby team in the next
Rugby World Cup.
Thank you so much for your prayers last year. The Lord carried me in so many ways.
Leon Mack Best II