Bird loves soccer. She dreams of soccer greatness because passion and total abandon to a dream are part of her weaving. She has crazy good footwork that she can’t seem to use in the game and she used to be lightning fast. Used to. She’s struggling. She’s ten and her body is growing, changing.
She isn’t the best anymore and sees that the race Christ has marked out for her may not include the soccer greatness she longed for. And we, seasoned in our 36 + years of life, knew the dream was unlikely. But we let her try. And all along the journey, just in case she could actually hear me, I would whisper in her ear as I tucked in her at night and she talked about soccer, “You are a child of God first. And a soccer player third or fourth.”
So now we buckle down and watch as she tries to compensate for her weaknesses by stretching tight hamstrings and working the ball more. She isn’t ready to give up her dream, though she has scaled it back a bit. And I keep thinking to myself, this goal that she passionately pursues is great training for the adult race. This is how we are supposed race. Not by giving up but by taking the set backs, reevaluating and pursuing excellence. The goal is greatness only by finishing the race that shows God’s glory and story to the world. No matter what passion God has stirred in our soul, no matter the outcome of the challenge, we long to say with Paul…”I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Go Bird, Go!
Have you joined the birthday celebration? Pruning Princesses turns one this week and to celebrate all the encouragement you’ve given me here, there is a giveaway of a gift card to Amazon. I hope you will enter (right here). I hope you win! It’s Friday, so I am joining friends at Lisa-Jo’s to write for the joy of writing. We stay up too late and get up to early to experience the community here. Join us! Today’s word: RACE.