Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

The point of impact. Sports photography for me is a way to connect with and give something back to the community. It’s part of my ministry, a point of impact. People understand that my priorities place my faith, family, church and call above the sports, something I try to model.  Many also know my view that sports can teach life lessons which translate off the field, for example perseverance, sacrifice and teamwork. Student athletes and Christians have in common that there will be struggle with expectations and self-esteem issues. There will be wounds, which need to heal. They must deal with adversity and losses in pursuit of victory.  They will experience bitter disappointments and setbacks. 1 Timothy 4:8 states, “while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” God has gifted you for reaching out with your own unique point of impact. Let the dirt fly!