Sorry for the absence over the last few weeks. I know some of you have been anxiously waiting for the next blog! Let me think that anyway, even if you haven’t been “on the edge of your seat biting your nails” waiting.
I’m helping with coaching the local youth recreation football league. Doesn’t seem that long ago that I was coaching my own son in little league football and baseball. That sure flew by! Now he’s getting ready to open his freshman season with the Appalachian State Mountaineers football team next Saturday. They will be playing at The “Big House” at Michigan. I, like many fathers probably, wish I could get a “do-over” and relive those little league years again. I stressed way too much!
In little league baseball, we always had a “draft” of the available players. The “draft” can be right stressful at times when it comes to trying to decide the fate of the kids that will be a part of your baseball life for the next 3 to 4 months. You go into the draft with your list of prospective players that you would like to have on your team. But, you can be sure of one thing, by the end of the first round of picks, your list is shot! Your dreams for those kids and their baseball destiny is over! All of the teaching and fundamentals long forgotten for those you missed on! (I know this is overly dramatic, but let me wax on!) Come’on, a 12 year old and their “baseball destiny.” Get Real! A lot of these kids will never play baseball again in their future. Maybe, and I stress maybe, a small percentage of the whole league will play beyond their high-school days. In spite of the wild hopes and dreams of many of us baseball dads, that think our kids will one day be Major-leaguers, baseball is simply not part of their mission!
But with that thought, think about a 12 year old kid who had a clear understanding of his life and it’s purpose. He understood his life would be one filled with adversity, challenges, and rejection. At 12 he realized The Mission. His name – JESUS!
Luke 2:49 – And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
Pretty amazing for a 12 year old…