Fall is in the air and soccer season is upon us once again. When Steve told me six years ago that he wanted our kids to play soccer, I tried to talk him out of it. Sports has never been my thing. I didn't do sports in school and didn't think it was all that important. Well, I finally realized that this was a submission issue. I chose to submit to Steve and trust his judgement in this area, even though I knew it was going to be a tremendous amount of work for me.
The first year I had a horrible attitude about it. The Lord convicted me about my attitude and each year it has been little better. I have SURVIVED soccer up until now.
I am going to be honest, I am not thrilled about taking one to three kids each weeknight to practice. It interrupts our dinner time and I feel rushed and harried. I don't like knowing that every single Sunday afternoon for two months, will be spent on a soccer field (we were there five and a half hours yesterday afternoon). It is difficult nursing a baby and making sure the two year old is not kicking extra soccer balls on the field.
I can cop a real attitude, but that is NOT what the Bible says to do. If we are to choose to do something we must do it WITHOUT GRUMBLING OR COMPLAINING! What was that again? Oh, WITHOUT GRUMBLING OR COMPLAINING! That surely can't apply to this situation. Oh, yes it does. My job is to glorify God no matter what I am doing. If I am out on the soccer field complaining to other moms about how hard it is to have four kids in soccer, how am I glorifying God? How is that being an advocate for having a large family?
So, this year, I'm going into this with a different attitude. I have already blown it and have complained. But I have repented and I am determined to see this through with a "Thriving" attitude!
Let me ponder the positive about soccer. My husband takes off every Sunday so he can watch the games, so we get to see him more often. We get to go as a family and cheer each other on. Many lessons have been taught on that soccer field, among them, sportsmanship, winning graciously and losing graciously, compassion, teamwork, serving Mom by watching the two year old, and many more. Hey, I even get to get out of the house and see my friends as we cheer our kids on from the sidelines! I get to refine my organizing skills as I keep track of four games, four practice schedules, pictures and snacks to boot.
I am going to finish well this year! God wants me to change and I will do so by His power alone. Thanks be to God for His grace and mercy.
It only took six years! LOL!