With four boys you spend a lot of time in bleachers. I was thinking about that as my second son prepared to play his last varsity football game.
Wow. It went so fast. Your mind floods back to all levels of little league.
Football, baseball, soccer, basketball little guys are fun to watch. My third son, Matthew never cared that much for the competitive side of the game. He just liked to be with the boys. When he was six years old, and playing baseball, he advanced from coach pitch to machine pitch. Matthew struggled to get hits. Then one day he nailed one at the third baseman. He ran to first. Jumped on the bag. Turned to us with a big thumbs up. Then he turned to the ump and gave him a thumbs up. The ump gave one back. Bouyed by his success Matthew turned to the first baseman and gave another thumbs up. The first baseman didn’t know what to do, but he wasn’t giving a thumbs up back.
I thought, “Man, he’s finally getting it.” Matthew wound up scoring a run with a dramatic slide into home plate. And eventually the sides were retired. They tried to give the boys a turn at infield and so it was Matthew’s time to play third base. At first he was doing great. But then his little creative spirit started to drift away. I could see it coming. I looked over and Matthew had his glove on his head and his hat was full of sand. He was having a big time playing in all that sand. So much so that he was now influencing the short stop who was starting to fill his hat with sand. The coach of course, went crazy and tried to restore order.
That’s life at six.
Later things start to change. In 9-10 you want the boys to keep their heads in the game. Its hard. They get distracted. Especially in the outfield.
The higher the level of play the more important it becomes to “keep your head in the game.”
This is true spiritually too. When you are immature it does not seem to hurt that much. However, as you grow the competition intensifies. The opponent gets stronger, and so it becomes exceedingly important to keep your head in the game. If you don’t bad things will happen.
I was thinking of that when I came across Hebrews 12:1
1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
Don’t drift away. Keep your head in the game. Pay attention. Play your part. The team is counting on you today.