Sunday, August 26, 2012

Raising a "B" team kid in an "A" team world

With school back in session, at our house that also means it's soccer time.

Now that  our oldest is in Middle School the time for try outs was upon last week.

My boy made the "B" team, and was glad  he did.  He's excited to get to play with his friends, for his school.

But, in our culture  it seems that "B" team is no longer acceptable.

If you're not the best then what you're doing doesn't matter.

You would think, from Facebook status updates, twitter feeds, to bragging at family reunions, if your kid doesn't only make the "A" team, but score the most points, run the fastest, be "THE BEST" (whatever the best may be) then somehow they, and by proxy you, should feel badly or at least that you're not doing enough, not pushing hard enough.

As parents, we're proud of our boy. Not because of what team he makes, but because he tries.
Most people have no idea what he's been through in his brief 13 years.
But,  even if he hadn't been through as much, not everybody makes the "A" team every time.

I also began thinking about the saints that have gone before us.

Maybe I'm missing something, but it surely seems that in God's economy He's all about using
"B" team people to carry out his plans.

I read about Moses and his speech impediment.

Gideon was a coward.

Ruth was widow.

Esther was an orphan.

David, who we like to think of as KING DAVID, was the runt of the pack of brothers, who's own father didn't even consider him when Samuel showed up looking for the new king.

Peter, the burly fisherman with a temper.

John, just a boy, but Jesus called him to his inner circle.

Jesus, who could have came with all the glory man could bestow upon someone -instead was born to a young girl and a carpenter.

It seems God has a tender spot for those who make up the  "B" teams of this world.

And only he knows what they can truly be when used by Him.

Don't write off those "B" team kids-they may just change the world.



Sarah said...

I love you.

Angie said...

Love you too!

Carl Kincaid said...

According to Matt 5-7, we as Jesus Followers are kinda supposed to have a "B-Team" worldview. . . :-)

Angie said...

Sadly, that doesn't seem to translate to kids and sports.

Miss Hillbilly said...

You are so right my friend!! I have a little boy, while only 2, is very small for his age, very behind in speech and now has developed a stutter. Yet he is so mechanical-smart.

I have another boy that is big and clumsy yet has no problem preaching the word.

I pray that both boys will be something BIG for Christ.

I have a daughter that can do everything. Always the one that was the favorite, always made the 'A' team. I know just pray that she'll find her FIRST LOVE again...

Angie said...

Nobody or no circumstance can keep us on our knees like our kiddos that is for certain!

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