What an incredible moment it was to see Siya Kolisi raising the World Cup after three weeks of nail-biting finishes by the Springboks in the play-off games. They once again inspired a nation and gave us a glimpse of what is possible when we work together with a common purpose. As the Springbok (and ACSI) slogan says: Stronger Together.
There are countless pictures online of the moment when Siya Kolisi raised the William Webb Ellis trophy, but I came across the following photo on social media which captures a moment away from the euphoria. It was taken after the match in the Bok changeroom, and I was struck by the humility of the moment, especially of the captain – the focus of so much adulation and praise – on his knees as he honoured God.
In the days prior to the final, Siya mentioned on several occasions that they did not concentrate on the pressure which play-offs inevitably bring but rather saw it as a privilege. How true this is for each of us. We have been called to serve Christian education and, while this brings inevitable pressure, we can reshape that narrative and remind ourselves of the great privilege we have to serve our living and loving God. May this be true for you and your team as the year comes to a close – privilege not pressure.