This spring and summer I had the privilege to be part of an incredible experience. My youngest son Aksel (14) played on a team that went undefeated in the regular season. He was picked from from players on two teams in the town of Edmonds to be on the All-Star team. He played pitcher, shortstop and centerfield.
They went on to win the county championship in a close game against Everett, which was incredibly exciting. Then they went to the state championship tournament. In the second to the last game they were losing 8 to 1 and scored eight runs in one of the last innings to win the game 9-8 and play in the championship. This win was especially sweet since this team from a rival that had eliminated them last year in the state championships in the early rounds.
They ended up losing in the championship game and came one game short of actually playing on ESPN 2. I'm not saying this to promote a baseball team or my son but I, being a pastor, made some keen observations along the way.
1. These kids stayed humble and worked very hard on every level.
2. The team never gave up even when they were behind or things didn't look good.
3. Even when they lost certain players to injury they kept finding ways to get the job done.
4. Although they came from many different backgrounds they supported each other and chose to work as a UNITED team.
5. They also received instruction well from their manager and coaches.
Although they came up one game short they far surpassed the expectations of everyone. Anyone could see that they were proud of the second place medals that hung around their necks at the end of the tournament. No team in their age bracket from their town had ever gone that far in a state tournament.
After the tournament was over I found myself reflecting on the church. I looked at it and compared the church to what this team had just accomplished. Some interesting questions came to the forefront of my mind.
- Is it possible for us as a church to far surpass the expectations of everyone around us?
- Is it possible for us to persevere and not give up until we see God's will accomplished?
- When some people can't complete the journey will others step up and come alongside those who are fighting "spiritual battles" on the front lines?
- Is it possible for us to stay humble and choose to be selfless rather than selfish?
Thankyou. That was very thought provoking.Now that I am older and Nana to a almost 10 yr. Old girl I can be more patient and not be concerned with the pressure of perfectionism I placed on my child or had put on myself. I let things 'go' and turn it over to Jesus.Thank heaven's I don't have to rely on self.The best gift I can give now is time.Even at 41 he's still close to Mother and I am to him and the Lord above.
Well put... God gives us a peace that cannot be explained by the world's standards. He gives us a peace that guards our hearts and minds. I've experienced it even today.