Mike Helm’s acceptance speech
Mike Helm '00 and his wife Heather celebrate Helm's induction into the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“As I was deciding what to say tonight, I came across a quote that I received during this season. It reads, ‘Our conduct should not be guided by expectations that come from ourselves, or the people around us. They must come from the Lord, who has redeemed us, called us, and given us his name. Rather than feeling trapped by a set of external standards, we can celebrate the honor of bearing Christ’s name and his freedom of pleasing only him.’ This helped me realize what I was doing as a Messiah athlete. I feel privileged and honored to receive this award, but my true satisfaction and honor comes from competing for Christ, not myself. Over the past four years I have found that people do
notice us. I have had the chance, several times, to share with nonbelievers who and what Messiah was all about. It has given me an inner confidence both on and off the competitive field. I am secure in knowing that whether or not I have won or lost, I have done the best I could for my Savior. He has been and still is the motivation I have for competing. Bearing his name has been a privilege and an honor that mere words cannot express. When I was standing at the top of the podium at the DIII National Championship, I was more satisfied that my uniform had the name “Messiah” written on it, and that God was represented well, rather than actually winning the championship.
“We, as Messiah athletes, literally bear the name of God on our uniforms. We do not know whom we will run into or the possibilities that may result from bearing his name. Every time we step out to compete against other athletes, we bring with us the responsibility of representing Christ. Our conduct on and off the competitive field should reflect this.”