I often have said that sports or one of those things that only take away from the things that matter eternally.
However I have spent the past few months with a most amazing group of kids and parents. I have been reminded that God can use all things for His good.
My younger son plays hockey. He doesn’t just play either, he is the team’s goalie. As he has gotten older, the expectations have increased, I have to admit that I have been rather fearful and anxious about the amount of time this sport takes away from church.
I have never been a fan of sports. I admit that my opinion of them has never been very high. I have seen myself however, how wrong I have been. (At least in this instance).
In many ways I have forgotten that we are the church. We are called to go out. How can we be the salt and light to those in need if we never leave our house of worship?
I have learned as I have watched the last few months go by, that we have been truly blessed with this team our son has been placed on. I cannot imagine a more loving and supportive group of people. These are not just members of a team but they are also friends.
This weekend we were away at a winter tournament where these kids (they worked so hard, such well deserved win) took third place in their division.
There were some real ups and downs; I experienced the first real fear for our kids (they faced a team that was just so much bigger than they were – they even took out a goalie on another team I heard) and I also saw such heart and determination in every one of these kids.
Not just for the game but for each other. Their care and concern…. That matters so much.
One of the girls on my son’s team was injured in the game and had to leave with a broken wrist. Oh oh my daughter and I prayed as she left the rink with her parents.
Thank God she made it back and onto the ice to play their final game (which they won by the way). A broken wrist became just a bruised wrist. She even scored the winning goal. Thank you Jesus!
Do we see their hearts? Do we see those relationships being formed?
God is all about those relationships. That is how disciples are made. In knowing and loving them. Where they are at.
I honestly had no idea how powerful a team sport could be until these last few days. I think I got pretty teared up a few times. Praying these kids stick together for another season.
Watching all the kids and their coaches just have fun. Seeing them encourage one another, push one another, stand together. That’s powerful stuff.
Some people may never walk through the doors of a church building. Some may never truly experience power of God. If not for us going out….
I think I have a new burden on my heart. To see every one of these families knowing God for themselves. Loving him, worshipping him, praising him in spirit and in truth.
One may sow and another one reap. We must be willing. How long have I not been willing?
Lord forgive me for my stubbornness and use me, use my family, use us for your glory.