What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 2; Mark 1; Ezekiel 24-25; Psalm 130-131; 1 Chronicles 26-27; Numbers 19
When I was a freshman in high school, I chose to go out for the freshman football team. Shortly after the first practice, it became quite apparent that I not going to be one of the team’s better players. Quite frankly, I was awful. I’d never played football before, and it showed. It didn’t help that I had grown 6 inches, and at 5’7″ tall, I weighed 110 pounds. The other problem I had was that my 40 yard dash time didn’t require a stopwatch. A sundial would have worked just fine.
As things would go, I would end up on the “B” team. I was disappointed but quickly realized that we would have a ton more fun than the “A” team. The only problem was that the coach of the “B” team was an individual who never let any mistake go. I think he was disappointed in not coaching the more talented players. While we had a great time together as players, the relationship with the coach wasn’t great. After one particularly tough loss, he announced that he wouldn’t let any of us play in the “A” games again that year. Luckily for us, the actual Freshman coach overrode his decision and played all of us in a number of the remaining games.
For the remainder of my high school years, I would never take a class or play a sport in which the B team coach was involved. He was always negative and challenging to learn from.
The coach of the A team, however, was another story. I remember that as practice wore on, I actually started to get a little better. Having never played, it took a while for things to begin to click. The coach put me on the kickoff team for a while. Then he started playing me more on the defense on occasion. One day towards the end of the season, he pulled me off to the side and told me that I was one of the most improved players on the team. At the annual football banquet in front of the entire team and my parents, he told everyone that in spite of my limited ability, I was one of the most improved players on the team.
That coach I took every class I could, the rest of my time in high school.
God is like our A team coach. He never quits on us. Yes, God disciplines us. Yes, he lets us know about our mistakes. However, in the words of Psalm 130 vs. 4, there is forgiveness with God so that he may be revered. He is our champion! He believes in us even when we don’t believe in ourselves. The world will try and run us down every day. It will point out our failings and our mistakes and wave them in front of us any chance it gets.
Our God stands there, encouraging us to ignore the world. He wants us to disregard the past and move forward into the future. He pushes us to continue our journey towards our eternal home.