“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:25 The Message
I was shocked to hear the new of the passing of my son’s t-ball coach. He was young, healthy and had a sudden heart failure after a workout. He left a beautiful wife and 5 children, the youngest of which is only 6.
So we gathered to celebrate the life of a great coach, a wonderful man in our community who has a wonderful family and who gave of his time and energy to young people through sports for over 15 years. He played ball for 30 years and coached over 800 kids throughout those years….the most overqualified t-ball coach there could have been:) My son played along side the coach’s son and he had a ball (pun intended). The coach was kind, encouraging and supportive to my son during this time in which my husband is deployed. At our closing party, he made special remarks about each player that were so funny, correct and insightful into each little guy. And he also talked about my husband’s service…there was not a dry eye at the park. “Who cries at a baseball party” is what he said. But that is how touching his heart was, so sincere, so genuine and without effort.
He will be missed by those closest to him, but even those of us who just knew him these few months, he made an everlasting impact. God bless his family!
“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” William Barclay
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 NIV
So soccer and baseball season have begun and life has been very busy….overhelmingly actually. But today, it was a nice relaxing time to rest and in doing so, we saw the movie, The Perfect Game. It’s an older movie that I didn’t even realize was on my Netflix list, but there it came. I was surprised to learn of the true story of its account and the novel by the same name. What a remarkable story of a group of boys in Mexico in 1957 who overcame poverty, prejudice, family heartbreak and all the odds to do the unthinkable of winning a Little League series. The faith and determination of these young boys was an inspiration to me and my children. And to learn how that success led to amazing accomplishments, sports related and not, for the rest of their lives.
Oddly, these little boys taught me a thing or two about determination and endurance. Sometimes when life is comfortable, we get complacent. But when you are hungry for more and all that God has for you, you are more determined to carry out your purpose. I am truly inspired to not just bear a difficult situation, but turn it into an amazing testimony of God’s goodness and grace.