Kicking the Ball

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Being Papa can cause you to do things that you weren’t expecting and watch things that you question. We have all had those experiences, but we must look for the lesson God has for us.

A couple of weeks ago I picked up Joshua and Sutton then we headed for Amarillo. We first went to see Amayah in her dance at the Globe Center. She did a great job and since we couldn’t stay for her next show, she gave us a preview of what she was going to do. She is quite a dancer!

Then it was off to Canyon to watch the TOT’s at the half time of the WT girl’s game. This was Sutton’s time to shine. Just let me say that boy has a lot of energy. He ran all around at Amayah’s dance then wouldn’t sit down until half time of the game. He just ran all over the place.

But it was the TOT’s performance that was so great. I can’t tell you how many kids were out there, but they just covered the court. The music began and the leader led the kids in their time. It was really a great experience.

Sutton bounced his ball early on and then it hit his foot and went off. He chased it down and then started kicking it back to his place. After that you just didn’t know what he was going to do. Yet, he just stayed out there and kept that ball going.

He dribbled it, picked it up, went from hand to hand and yes, kicked it. Yet in the midst of it all, he had a blast. It didn’t go exactly like we thought it should go, but he was just being that little boy doing what little boys do.

After I got home, I thought about all that had taken place. I remember questioning in my mind what in the world this boy was thinking, but then I remembered – he is 4 years old! His focus is doing the things that thrill his heart and having a good time.

Sutton won’t always be a little boy and won’t have the opportunity to just have a good time. He will grow up and there will come those times when he will fulfill what others are expecting of him. He will actually dribble the ball instead of kicking it!

As we begin the journey in our Christian lives we can sometimes get off course because we aren’t staying focused. We run around following our dreams instead of fulfilling the call that God has given us.

Peter left everything to follow Jesus, but seemed to just not be able to totally get things right. He questioned the walk of others and even said he wouldn’t ever deny Jesus but did. It didn’t take long for him to realize that he didn’t have everything right. He even wept. Then God grew him to be the man that was focused on the race.

In 1 Peter 1:13-16 he wrote -- 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Peter spoke from experience in his life. Before he could be the man God wanted him to be he had to focus his hope completely on the grace brought to him as Christ was revealed to Him.

My prayer is that Sutton will never lose his spirit but will always focus his hope on the grace of God in his life. So Sutton, keep kicking the ball, but ‘fix your hope completely on the grace brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.’

I love you, Sutton and so does Jesus – even when you kick the basketball!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul