Special “thank you” to all our sponsors, referees, coaches, players, fans and the AU rec center team for another great season of Spirit-Driven Soccer. This years sponsors were:
Frazer Automotive, Trinity Lutheran Church, Yoli Drinks, Black River Construction, Turbocam International, Advance Fitness, Russell Masonry Inc., Brian Garrison DDS, Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, Ashland Brethren in Christ, and www.How2PlayByEar.com.
“God has blessed every person with certain physical skills and /or abilities, and each person participates in kingdom building when those skills and abilities are used to declare Jesus Christ. When the soloist sings, or the pastor preaches, or the athlete uses his or her sport as a platform for serving the purposes of God, each is fulfilling God’s will as it pertains to his kingdom purposes. To fail to use what God has given us through our physical creation denies the very order and sovereignty of God.”
Rodger Oswald in Recreation and Sports, Impacting Postmodern Culture
Although the weather outside for week #6 of Spirit-Driven Soccer may be snowy and freezing, the action inside is sure to warm you up in no time. The fresh covering of snow reminds us that Jesus’ blood washes our sins away, and God gives us a fresh start each day. Today’s “Soccer Talk” will introduce you to a new way of approaching sports and games. Going out of our way to make others look and feel good. Maybe it will set in motion a new habit of looking for daily ways to become grace extenders. Looking forward to another great Sunday of Spirit-Driven Soccer.
While we take a break from the action of Spirit-Driven Soccer to give our bodies a chance to rest, here’s an idea for the keeper of your soul. Unless something radical occurs, the Patriots are likely to display their offensive arsenal and blow out the Seahawks. Many people will be more excited by the halftime show than the football game. The halftime entertainment won’t likely refuel your soul. So why not plan ahead and prepare your own “sports talk” and turn off the TV during the Super Bowl halftime show and provide some soul food for your family and friends. Perhaps our “soccer talks” will set in motion a pattern for you to follow at home when you and your loved ones gather to watch sporting games on television. All you need to do is start with the language of the game and create a bridge into a spiritual conversation. The more you do it the easier it becomes. Don’t worry about how people might react. No matter what you do in life, some will love it, and some won’t. Be intentional about feeding your soul and caring for the souls of those around you.
One of our beloved Spirit-Driven Sports board members is a die-hard Buckeye fan. Hearing stories of first and second string quarterbacks getting injured may make Buckeye fans cry. But what happens when you win a semifinal game with your third string quarterback? Maybe you didn’t think the Buckeyes would win. Is winning the big game too difficult for the Buckeyes?
One of my favorite Old Testament prophets, Jeremiah, also suffered great losses as God’s messenger. He prayed, “O Sovereign LORD! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power. Nothing is too hard for you!” (Jeremiah 32:17) God later responded with, “I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”
As you consider the challenges and obstacles that you’re currently facing, have you considered asking God for help? Nothing is too difficult for God. He is our ever-present help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
When I turn to God for help, my perspective changes. When I was younger, winning was everything. Now the most important perspective I seek is trying to discern “What is Jesus doing?” and “How can I join in?” Have you stopped to consider why God is allowing you to be on a Spirit-Driven Soccer team?