Tuesday afternoon I had a photo shoot with a baseball team of 8-9 year olds. I decided to stay throughout the game to shoot action shot pictures too. It was only 98 degrees, so I hope I at least sweated five pounds off. It was a real treat for me since it had been years ago that my boys were involved with baseball and the memories flooded back. I remember how heartbroken the boys were when they lost a game and how the parents would get so involved with the game they actually became angry at the coach or umpire. What impressed me the most were the coaches and the parents. They were encouraging and showed a great passion for what they were doing. They loved on the children with those pats on the backside along with the high fives and encouraging words. Never once did I see them get down because they were losing. The pep talk after the game also impressed me. They gathered around the coaches as he spoke about keeping your chin up and stating that it was just a game and to have fun. The parents hugged their children and rewarded them with uplifting words and positive feed back.
We all need a coach in our life. Someone who will encourage us, be an example, teach us, and lead us to victory. If however defeat lies at the end of the day, the coach will once again teach, be patient and help us through the loss. If we take time to allow Jesus to be our coach everyday then at the end of the day, we will always have a smile on our face knowing we have a friend who loves us no matter what our performance may be.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for leading me, teaching me and yes be patient with me and all my careless ways. Help us be the example of you and teach others to love as you love. Let us strive to please you, learn from our mistakes and go forward into our destiny with abundant living everyday. In Jesus name. Amen