Yesterday didn’t go so well. At least it didn’t go as we had planned. We planned on winning. Instead, we lost 4 to 2. Our boys, the coaches, and the parents walked away discouraged. Our loss came as a shock. We haven’t lost a game in any tournament thus far. In fact, we were only scored on in one game—ONE—throughout the entire District and State tournaments.
What went wrong? Well, it’s simple. Our team is made up of human children, who no matter how talented, they are is apt to make mistakes. It’s the nature of the beast. We fell into the same trap we all do from time to time when life is going really well. We tend to think we’re unstoppable—untouchable—nothing can bring us down, that our plans will succeed. Then, “it” happens. Whatever the “it” is in your life and mine tends to bring our perfect world to a devastating crash and fills our hearts with discouragement. These are the moments that ministry was made for.
My husband and I decided this was a perfect opportunity to teach our son how to respond in times of discouragement. Heaven knows…it won’t be his last. We want to teach all of our children that these are the times that call for ministry.
Instead of getting down and giving up, our family can help our team endure and press on. We can help remind them about how far we’ve come, who we really are, and that this is not a tragedy but something we can over come together. Since it takes two losses to be thrown out of the tournament, we can still win! But we won’t win unless we turn from discouragement and decide to persevere. Most of the time, it takes a cheerleader—a person with a different perspective—to turn things around. We hope to be this for our team.
Losing the game provided an opportunity to enforce this truth we attempt to teach our son regularly. Ministry is not something we grow into. Life provides ministry opportunities everyday—for all ages!
It’s strange how we think of ministry. It’s a speaking platform; a bible-study class, working in VBS or going on a mission trip with your church. No. Ministry is encouraging the discouraged. It’s baby-sitting for the single parent in your neighborhood, or if you’re me it’s helping the elderly person who sat by you on the plane get to the baggage claim—one shuffle forward at a time!
This is how I want my children to view ministry. It’s not something we do when we get older or when we find our “calling.” Ministry is something we do as Believer’s every day. You and I don’t have to look far. God is always providing opportunities.