I rest in not the ups and downs, victories and defeats, but in the consistency of the One who created and is sustaining it all.
- Jordan is a follower of Jesus
My heart bursts at the seams for tomorrow as I have the opportunity to be a part of Jordan’s baptism. Not too long ago, on a Sunday night he came to me and said, “Dad, I am ready to give my life to Jesus.” We sat and talked a while over the words of God and I prayed with him. To know that your son is in Christ is a overjoy for me as his dad. Not for the “heaven someday” but for the living out the truth of who Jesus is, here and now.
2. More than basketball drills…real life.
Some of you may not know but I have been given an opportunity to coach basketball at one of the local Haitian high schools. The major reason for doing this, was not so much teaching the basic fundamentals of basketball but even more to walk alongside the players in their lives.
Yesterday, I had my first experience in being able to do this.
One of the best players of our CNDL Team was loafing and going half speed yesterday. As a Coach this irritates me greatly when a talented player does such as this. There was a part of me that wanted to “make him an example.” I think we have all been in that place whether it was our own kids, employees, team, etc.
Instead of laying into him, I gently called him over and asked…
“Did you have a bad day?”
“Yes, today is a very difficult day. You see when I was three years old my father died and today was his birthday. So it saddens me deeply when this day arrives each year.”
Wow!! I was so glad that I was guided by the Spirit as the last thing he needed was for me to lay into him.
Instead of “making an example of him”
I needed to “be an example to him.”
I put my arm around his shoulder and walked away from practice for a few minutes sharing with him that I am here for all the players with my primary goal of wanting to walk beside them in their victories and defeats of life.
As he went back to practicing, he had a different energy about him. As if it was okay for him to feel saddened about the day, but at the same time knowing that someone was there for him during this time.
Always HIS work and for His glory!