Eighth grade basketball has started which means I’ve been super busy. I feel my plate starting to overflow with life’s daily tasks. But one thing we make sure of as a team, is at the end of every single practice, to pray. It’s not forced. If they don’t want to be a part of it they don’t have to. I’m thankful everyone is though.
I love when new people step up and say they want to pray. And then a lot of times I hear a whisper from them before they start that says, “I’ve never done this before” or “I’m not good at this” or “I don’t know what to say.” It makes me glad that a 14 year old girl has the courage to pray for her basketball team of 24 people out loud. That can be quite nerve wrecking especially if they don’t have much experience praying or public speaking.
But there’s this one young lady I coach. There’s just something about her, every time she prays… She’s the one who when I say, “Can I get someone to lead us in prayer please?”… She’s the one that if no one says they will, and there’s that awkward silence, she always steps up to the plate. And when she prays, she always says, “… and bless the coaches for their time.”
Wow. A fourteen year old girl asks God to bless her coaches! That blows me away. It really helps. It’s encouraging. It’s the perfect way to end practice. Especially after long, difficult days in the classroom and on the court. A lot of times with coaching, it can be overwhelming and time crunching. We have to find a balance between God, ourselves, our job, our friends, and our family. Hearing a middle school girl pray that God would bless our time is just what I need to hear sometimes. It pushes me forward. It makes me want to be a better coach and person at that. I’m so impressed with the players’ courage, especially at this age group.
Sometimes the players aren’t the only ones learning.