It is amazing to me how God continues to teach me in everything and through everything in my life. The sport of soccer continues to not only develop my children, but God is using it to teach me. So much of what I have learned I have already expressed in “Life’s Great Coach” and “Being a Goalie is about Sacrificing for the Save”.
Through up’s and down’s, disappointment and triumph Michaela has ended up on a team that is two years older. As the youngest player on the team this has been very intimidating to an already shy person. Not to mention the fact that the goalie should be very vocal, a leader, and tone setter for the team. That is quite a bit of pressure on those young shoulders. Today was her first game with her new team. I could feel her nervousness from the sidelines. As the game got underway she loosened up and had made some saves and a couple goals snuck by her. The other team ended up with the opportunity to take a penalty shot against my beloved goalie. This is the most nerve racking situation for a goalie. It is a guessing game and the odds are basically 50/50. She went all in with her commitment and NAILED it!! A beautiful diving save. Through the game she went on to make some other gorgeous diving saves just reaching the ball with the tips of her fingers. That penalty shot was a game changer. Her team went on to dominate the rest of the game. It was the momentum they needed. They didn’t win, but they tied the game up and definitely had more shots on goal than the opposing team.
After the game her smile was so radiant that my husband and I saw it from across the field as she walked toward us. She knew she was going to hear “well done, we are so proud of you, you gave it your all…”
This made me think of how awesome it will be to smile with confidence one day meeting my Savior and Lord Jesus face to face. I have such a long way to go and so much to learn about truly giving my all to Jesus. Michaela’s smile today just made me that much more determined to live my life passionately for Jesus. To give all I can to serve God and point the world toward Jesus the true game changer.
Matthew 25:21 and 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good, and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”