‘The only way that you can have a joy that doesn’t fade away is from the Lord, and any other type of joy is actually happiness that comes from circumstances and outcomes’
“Joy from the Lord,” is the only true source of happiness, according to the University of Oklahoma softball team.
Infielder Grace Lyons made the comments on June 6 at a pregame press conference before the College World Series. Her team defeated Florida State University on June 7 and June 8 to win its third straight national championship. Her teammates shared her sentiments in subsequent responses to a reporter.
“The only way that you can have a joy that doesn’t fade away is from the Lord, and any other type of joy is actually happiness that comes from circumstances and outcomes,” Lyons said, in response to a question from an ESPN reporter about dealing with stress and anxiety.
She said her coach similarly noted that “joy from the Lord is really the only thing that can keep you motivated, in a good mindset, no matter the outcomes.”
“There’s no other way that softball can bring you that,” Lyons said.
“1000 percent agree with Grace Lyons,” teammate Jayda Coleman added. “I’ve went through that my freshman year, I was so happy…to win the College World Series, but I didn’t feel joy,” she said.
“I had to find Christ,” Coleman said. The team is on a 53-game winning streak and Coleman said her team is not afraid to lose because “our life is in Christ and that’s all that matters.”
Fellow player Alyssa Brito said her teammates kept their “eyes on Christ.”
“We know that this game is giving us the opportunity to glorify God,” Brito said. She said glorifying God is the team’s purpose and gives her joy.
“No matter the outcome, whether we get a trophy in the end or not, this isn’t our home,” she said.
“We have an eternity of joy with Our Father, and I’m so excited about that,” she said.
“No matter what, my sisters in Christ will be there with me in the end when we’re with our King.”