This past weekend, the family and I went to Josiah’s soccer game, which was about an hour away from Ann Arbor. The team’s tournament started on Saturday, but due to the TEAM Community Prayer Summit I was not able to go. But on Sunday after our Sunday Celebration I was able to catch the last game.
I realized that this year will be a difficult one in trying to find the good balance between family life, studies, church and Josiah’s soccer. Since Josiah made it to one of the higher teams in his age group, there are higher expectations from his team and the coach. There are more tournaments that are out of state and a lot more traveling for games and practices.
Knowing what it feels like to play soccer in high school without my parents coming out to any of my games, I made a commitment to be there for my kids’ games. Whenever I can’t make it to their games, it brings up an old wound. I have been trying to surrender this to the Lord.
I guess there will always be this tension of trying to be there for my children and trying to be faithful with some of the other responsibilities that I have as a pastor. But I am thankful that Christina is partnering with me to make sure that we are able to balance everything.
Even through all this, I am just excited to see Josiah excelling in soccer. He is definitely further along than I was at his age.
These indoor soccer fields are breath-taking… I wish I played on them when I was younger.