Its soccer season! Every Fall and Spring my boys are registered to play for our city’s soccer league. Honestly we don’t love every part of the process. Practices take up much of our weekdays and family time. Purchasing snacks for the teams tends to break our bank account. But we love seeing our kids out there smiling from ear to ear as they run, assess the field, grow, and laugh.
They have grown so much from where they were a even a few seasons ago. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen either one of them chase butterflies recently. I remember my youngest son’s first season, we could only get him to engage in the game by pretending that he was in a video game. His coach would yell out to him, “Luke, level up!” To which we would add the background music so he would run out on the field to try to get to the next level in his virtual video game.
Last week it was so different. He has really grown and learned so much about being a good team player, how to encourage his team mates, how to push through pain and exhaustion when he’s been running around for three quarters. Luke was working so hard to try to score. We were cheering him on from the sidelines, dousing his head with water, rubbing his legs during half time. I found myself praying out loud that Jesus would help him position himself and score so he would feel successful!
It’s deep in my heart as a parent to see my kids thrive and succeed especially when they are trying. I’m one of the loud ones on the field. Encouraging my kids every step of the way. I’m even loud when the opposing team scores, blocks well, or shows good sportsmanship. Which tends to be followed by a brief lecture from my daughter who is still learning its not all about the win.
But that makes me think about Father God’s heart for all his kids. As much as we want to succeed in life, how much more does HE want us to succeed. His thoughts towards us (which are all good) outnumber the sands on the sea shore it says in Psalm 139:18. I’m a good parent and I burn to see my kids thrive and feel a sense of accomplishment. How much more is He an even better parent and coach to us all?
I can picture Him in my imagination, sitting in heaven, looking over every single one of our situations and circumstances saying, “I want you to succeed. I want you to succeed so badly that I’ve already provided everything for you to be successful. Trust me, trust what I’ve taught you, trust your training. Listen to me kiddo, you can’t succeed if you keep believing lies or if you keep saying negative things about yourself. You can’t do the things in your heart if you don’t partner with my ability to parent and coach you. You’ve got this! You have all the support and ability you need to make this decision. Go make this goal.”
He is a really really great dad! If you haven’t heard similar encouragement and love from His voice recently, I challenge you to sit with Him and ask a few of these questions:
Father God what do you think about me?
What have you given me the strength and power to do?
How does it make you feel when I keep trying?
What do you want to tell me about when I mess up? Are you disappointed in me?
Get your answers and let us know in the comments how He is coaching you along in your current season!
Redefined by Grace,