CPO Outlook: Ryan Rippee

Staying Humble

Article from November/Decemeber 2009 Issue

Kickapoo High School's Ryan RippeeTo be good at any sport, you must have confidence in yourself.  But when does confidence to a certain extent become cockiness?  When does maintaining a swagger become too over the top and boastful?  In Luke Chapter 14 verse 11 the Bible tells us “that those who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted”.


Being humble is one of the best qualities you can find in a person while being boastful and overflowing with pride can be a downfall.  One verse that models this is Proverbs 11:2, “when pride comes then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”  God blesses those who are humble and are not full of themselves. One quote that I really like and that was on an Evangel basketball t-shirt a few years ago was “if what you did yesterday still looks big today, then you haven’t done much today.  If you spend all of your time bathing in your pride and achievements from yesterday, then you won’t get much done today and may miss an opportunity to do something important.  This quote helps keep me motivated to where no matter what I did yesterday, I can’t rest on that today because I want to get something important done today.  C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia, once wrote “that as long as we are looking down on everything and everybody we cannot possibly see the one that is above us.”  This quote is beautiful because it makes sense literally and spiritually.  It is impossible both physically and spiritually to look down on others and still be able to see God. This is a great perspective and an awesome quote that I try to live by each day. So if you are a great athlete and are having a lot of success, stay humble and make sure you are not looking not down on others, but upwards for guidance.

--Ryan Rippee, Sophomore, Kickapoo High School