5/15/11

Lessons Learned on a Saturday Morning

As I was watching my Little Man play soccer this Saturday, it occured to me that some of the skills we are trying to teach our youngsters are lessons that we as adults should be putting into practice ourselves.  As I was cheering for Team Brazil, I was struck by the thought that this world might be a nicer place if more people took these life skills to heart.

First, we need to celebrate all good plays, no matter who made it.  Its seems in our culture we are so concerned with being the best and having the best that we forget to enjoy being a part of a group.  We have families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc.  In these groups, we should spend less time trying to be better, do better, have more and spend more time sharing in the successes of each other.

Along the same lines, don't be a ball hog, give others a chance to play.  As adults, this is more about giving others a chance to participate and even more importantly, to help.  Part of this attempt of being superior is the need to do it on our own.  This is a lonely struggle that does not need to be.  I believe the Lord puts people in our lives to help us in both big and small ways.  This also means that it is our responsibility to help those around us.

Next, it's not enough to kick hard, you need to aim first.  This may sound funny.  But with so many distractions today, it's easy to feel we are running in circles.  Never getting anywhere.  We need a purpose.  We need direction.   If we don't know what we are working towards, how can we know when we have achieved our goal?

Finally, it's not always the score that counts.  The soccer program my son is playing for does not officially keep score.  Next year, he moves up to the next level and making a goal will take on a whole new meaning.  But for this season and the sake of this post, the score does not count.  You may have heard the saying, "its the journey, not the destination".  The good and the bad things of our lives are what shape us to be the people we are.  It is what we do with the ups and downs of our lives that count.  And it is how we handle this life that we will be remembered for long after we are gone.

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