This past weekend was Benjamin’s, my oldest son, final AAU Basketball tournament this year. It was in San Antonio and some of the toughest talent in the state showed up! There were a few kids there that I’m sure will be in the NBA in the future and I probably should’ve got an autograph. Our team played nervously, divided, and frustrated but our very last game was a sign of things to come.
This is a first year team, of which I am the Asst. Coach, and this has brought along many problems: the greatest being a lack of trust, which promotes individual play instead of team play. Instead of coming together to beat the opposing team they find it easier to compete against each other. Benjamin is the oldest and one of the best players on the team. He has a lot of responsibility to lead his teammates but sometimes I see how it is a heavy burden on him.
In our 2nd game we were evenly matched and poised to get our first win. But things went south quick. Benjamin had the 1st error of the game on the very first play – like I said earlier, we lost every game. After the game I pulled Benjamin aside to ask him what happened on the 1st play and he broke down saying he was nervous and didn’t want the ball in his hands. Humility has landed! He dealt with the same things that frustrated him about his teammates. This was the turning point for he and the team.
After a pep talk with the team they came out in the last game on fire! They were together for the first time! It showed in the way the celebrated each other, helped each other, and played for each other even while they were losing. When you and I live in the sweet spot of brokenness and surrender our will to His, we will enjoy the life he promised and be fruitful beyond measure.
O Taste and see that the Lord is good – In his presence and with his people