Ruan’s Refreshing Reality

28 Mar

Ulster continued their fantastic season on Friday evening with another win in the Magners League that moved them up to second in the table. They also have a first Heineken Cup QF since 1999 to look forward to at the start of April and numerous young players are coming through the ranks to show their quality and potential. Every thing looks bright for the Ravenhill side in the near future.

Now maybe you’re not an avid Rugby Union follower, maybe you don’t have an interest in any Sports, however I thought that it would be so refreshing to bring to you a few quotes from Ulster’s star player Ruan Pienaar, a Springbok who arrived in Belfast last October as a World Cup Winner with plenty of experience and talent. As expected, he has turned in many phenomenal appearances for the Ulstermen, and recently on a few occasions, he has been involved in kicking the points in the last play of the game to secure the win for his side.

Ruan Pienaar, Ulster's Half Back

The following are two quotes from his post-match interviews after the game against the Scarlets (18/2/11) and Glasgow (25/3/11):

vs. Scarlets – ‘I was a bit nervous taking that kick, all I could do was pray and I just want to thank God for giving us the talent to play this wonderful game and it’s good for us to get a result.’

vs. Glasgow – ‘Yeah, I dunno what’s going on, my debut back at Ravenhill I also got all the points but i’ve been very blessed, God has blessed us this season and things are going well at Ulster so just all the glory to Him.’

Personally, I think it is fantastic to see a man who could so easily take all the honour and glory for many match winning performances and so quickly shift that off himself to God. Little seems to be known of Ruan’s personal faith on the interweb but from these quotes I think it is fairly evident of his reality in life. Here is a sportsman who knows where his talent has come from and knows who he wants to glorify through playing his favourite game.

I found these post-match interviews to be a breath of fresh air during years when so many sportsman are quick to praise many others without even the slightest mention of the Lord who gave them the health, talent and strength to play these games.

Well done Ruan Pienaar, a man with so much talent, and a man with so much reality.

‘So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God’.

1 Corinthians 10:31


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