My son has played football a total of six seasons. I am his biggest fan. However, I confess I know very little about the game. I struggle to know the basics. I know there is a lot of pushing, shoving and knocking down. I know there is offense and defense and the boys need to block. The more we knock the opposing team on the ground, the louder we are to cheer for our team.
I do find one part of football practice fascinating. In the middle of mass chaos and legal violence among boys (while grown men love every second of it), the coaches yell “take a knee”. The violence and chaos ceases, helmets come off , peace visits, and the boys are all focused on their leaders. They have a drink of water, hear a word of guidance or direction about the plays they will run. But most importantly… they listen.
Life sometimes violently comes to push, shove and at times “knock our block off” (learned that phrase last season). We are often confused and wonder what’s going on. When this happens…take a knee (or two). Drop to your knees, talk to your leader, drink of the living water, and most importantly listen for direction. In football, violence and chaos are expected. In life, God didn’t promise us we would not experience struggle. We will. He did promise he would give us a place of peace. Do not give up; instead take a time out and humble yourself by taking a knee before the father and go to that place. There you will find direction from your life coach and be given your strategy how to push through and endure until you enter the endzone.
Tracey Evans is an insurance underwriter who has a passion for writing. She enjoys developing programs attached to youth sports and extracurricular activities. Tracey is in the process of developing a ministry and organization, Moms of Champions and Champions Chance. Moms of Champions is a ministry of moms who pray for and encourage excellence in their children who participate in sports and other activities. Champions Chance is an organization in the making that will provide funding for children to find “their thing” and participate. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.