I successfully met my blogging goal last week. This week I am shooting for five posts. Someone suggested that the first post of the week could be a rewind or a look back at the weekend…I think that is a good idea so I am going to attempt to do that here.
For the past eleven weeks Geoffry (my oldest son) and I have been coaching a bunch of third graders in Upward football. If you are not familiar with the program it is a Christian based flag football league that emphasizes various Christian character traits during practice and on game day. More information can be found at their official website (www.upward.org). This is the first time I have ever attempted to coach football. I did co-coach soccer and tee ball many years ago when Geoffry was younger…but I was always an assistant coach. This was a much different experience and I have enjoyed it…for the most part.
For starters, managing nine third graders at one time can be challenging. The first three weeks are spent teaching the fundamentals of the game and trying to learn all the crazy rules that come with flag football. The field is only fifty yards and there are “no run” zones that dictate passing plays. It is a six man game with substitutions made on offense and defense AND at the start of every quarter. It can be a tad bit confusing if you have never done it before. I will give Upward credit…they have developed in depth and easy to understand coaches aids. By the time the first game rolls around most of it makes sense.
I have been extremely fortunate having Geo (that’s what I call him) helping me. He knows football. Between watching it on TV and playing it on X-Box…he understands formations and play calling…so I let him handle that aspect of the game. He has done very well. He’s old enough that the kids listen to him but he’s young enough that he’s cooler than me…the old guy. Anyways…I have had fun this season. We missed one game due to the weather. We also missed another game (Geo and I) when I was up in Pennsylvania meeting our new church family. Upward really doesn’t focus on scoring and record keeping but I would be lying if I said that no one did that. We do try to teach good sportsmanship but we watch the score. I know our record. I would be willing to bet that every other team knows as well. FWIW…we are 4-2 with one game left. We won the first three and then dropped two in a row. We did a little better this past weekend and won again.
As much fun as I have had…I really don’t think I would want to do this again…at least not with this age group. Don’t get me wrong…these kids have been awesome…their parents have been great…it has been a positive experience…it’s just not something I am cut out for. I volunteered to do it this year because my work schedule allowed for it and we really needed coaches. It is not something I was passionate about or even wanted to do. I signed up out of a sense of obligation. I am glad that I did it though. Like I said…my kids have been awesome. They have gotten better as the season has progressed and they have been good sports whether they won or lost. I am more proud of that than anything else. We have our last practice tonight and our last game this Saturday. I am excited and I hope we come out and play well. I want to end this thing up right and have a lot of fun. But I won’t lie…I’ll be glad when it is over.
I am currently reading this book.
I got it for my Kindle Fire for free. I started it yesterday and I am really enjoying it. Glenn Pearson isn’t a professional theologian (he is Executive Vice President for Georgia Hospital Association) but he is intelligent and has a deep respect and knowledge of Scripture. He writes in a style that is understandable without being watered down. I have finished up the introductory chapters and am about to begin the “meat” of the book. I hope to share my thoughts as I make my way through it.
I think I am going to develop a sermon series based upon Kyle Idleman’s book Gods At War. We just finished up the small group study last night. I would like to dive into it a little more deeply and I believe it is a topic that everyone can benefit from. We all have things that we sometimes place before God. That’s idolatry and it displeases God. I have been challenged by Idleman’s book and the study we did.
I think that is going to do me for this morning. I have some ideas for my posts for the rest of the week and I need to flesh them out a bit. Stick around…hopefully I will keep this thing up and running.