Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past Friday we made a quick trip over to Norman to see Camryn and Timothy. Ok, we saw Rayford and Candice as well. But on Saturday morning Camryn was playing volleyball and Timothy was playing basketball.

We started with Timothy. He didn’t win, but he had a good time and we got to see the game. After his game in Moore we headed to the State Fair Grounds to watch Camryn. What we saw made the trip totally worth it.

When we arrived Camryn was finishing up her warm ups and they were just about to start her game. Camryn was going to start serving. Her first three serves were not even returned. The next two were but she kept serving. It wasn’t long until the score was 20–0 and Camryn was still serving. After a couple of battles back and forth the score was 24-0.

As she got ready to serve she hesitated, then served. It was perfect and the game ended at 25-0! Camryn and the team were so excited! She said that she was so nervous because she remembered the one time when she was at that point she served it right into the net.

But Saturday she got it right where it needed to be and they got the win in that match. They ended up winning the game and it was so exciting. We were so happy for her as she came off the court. It was so exciting to see how well they had done and the difference Camryn had made in the game.

I realize it wasn’t all about Camryn, but the part she played in that first match made a big difference in how the others played. It was a team effort for sure, but she led the way with her serves.

They ended up second overall and now have the opportunity to go on in the playoffs. Not sure when that is going to be, but know that she will be ready for it when the time comes.

As Christians we are putting forth a team effort as we go through life. It may seem like we are in this journey alone, but in reality we are working together to do the work God has called us to do.

While we are in this together, we must each one fulfill the call God has given us. We must determine that all we do is for the Lord and that we accomplish His call in our lives.

In 1 Corinthians 9:23-25 Paul wrote -- 23 “I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”

The call God gives us is to run the race that is set before us and do it in such a way that we will ultimately gain the prize of being with Jesus. It is a long road, but one we can we do.

Camryn is ‘running a race’ alongside a group of girls. They are each running a race as well, but they are all running together to reach their goal. Their game is volleyball but they are doing it together.

As you run your race today, run it well and remember – in Christ your prize is beyond this world and will never perish.

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

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul