“In every way be an example of doing good deeds. When you teach, do it with honesty and seriousness.” Titus 2:7 NCV
Well, I have to say that my son is still talking about this event with friends and family. It made such an impression on him that he was able to play soccer with the “grown-ups” at an Easter Picnic. My normally shy child went right up and began to play with the adults and I was surprised that no one told him he couldn’t. One man was so good and kind to lead him around the field, teach and encourage him. Most of the group didn’t even know his dad was deployed, but they were just sharing their hearts as fathers and as loving people. I saw that in all the men and women who played that day. It was fun and casual, yet many of them had no idea that this little 6 yr old was really missing his dad and this 2 hour interaction meant the world to him.
My son told me that all the guys were saying nice things to him, giving him hi-fives and one even said, “you’re the man”:) which I can tell was the best compliment to him. Ah, I had to laugh. He even scored a goal!
I was so proud that people were stepping up for my son. I know it wasn’t forced, but just who they are as people who have a heart for others, especially the young. And to me, it was symbolic in the way that we don’t tell our young people that they “can’t” do something because of their age or size, but encourage them to do anything!