Monday, October 29, 2018

Football for the Father? Why Not!



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"And whatsoever you do in word or deed, so all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Col 3:17


My oldest, The Cruise Director is nearing his majority and a senior in high school. That brings up a wide range of wacky, normal, and confusing emotions. And that's just on my part. Oh, boy, on his part . . . Well let's just say that there were many late night talks and venting sessions happening around here.

He played his first and only football season this year. It was challenging physically and mentally. I am so very proud of him and how he rose to the occasion each time there was a game or tough practice. I may or may not have had to use the tough love approach once or twice. In fact, when he wanted to be negative after one particular practice, I gave him a speech that he laughed at, but later admitted was effective. I may have channeled my inner Coach Chandler . . . I'm just sayin'

"I don't care if they put you on THIRD string or FOURTH string! You're gonna go out there and work hard. As hard as you possibly can. You can and will work your tail off as if you are fighting for a position on first string. Because at any time, they can change their minds and put you on first string! Do you hear me? And when they are down a man and they call you onto the field, you will be ready. Ready to show them that at any time you can jump in and kick booty in whatever spot you are needed. You are gonna go out there and make them sorry they put you on the bench and not the field! They're gonna scratch their heads and wonder why they didn't play you sooner and more often. You hear me? And if nothing else comes out of this, you will have the pride of knowing that you gave it all you got. You laid it all out on the field. And you did it, not for the coaches, not for me, but for yourself and more importantly -- The Lord!"

I'm sure the term "booty," would have been used in a completely different way in Friday Night Lights. And perhaps it wasn't entirely appropriate the mention in the same conversation as the Creator of the Universe, but you get the idea.

Whether that pep talk was as effective as I imagine it was or not, things turned around for him and played more than we expected for a first time player. He still had tough practices. Still had achy muscles and a weariness that only 10 hours of solid sleep could cure, but by golly, the kid had a great first and only season.

Sometimes all it takes is someone to believe in you. Someone to give you a bit of a push. A bit of a boost of confidence.

And maybe a melodramatic speech for good measure.

"And whatsoever you do in word or deed, so all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Col 3:17

Joyfully,

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