Our Daughter, Sarai is currently 9 years old and this week, she entered into a soccer tournament, but in doing so it showed me that we’re actually doing ok at this Parenting malarkey.
There is no parenting rule book (much to my dismay) and therefore I always felt like in the future, we would be faced head-on with all of our bad parenting decisions that we ever made, yet in truth, this girl made her momma super proud!
Sarai has many qualities that God has blessed her with but playing sport isn’t one of them (yet) because her eye sight is quite bad and therefore she struggles, even with her glasses.
However, Sarai this year made a personal goal to “take more chances” and so, she signed up to do this tournament, knowing she can’t play, but it turned out that most of the other players had been teasing her about it.
Yet, being who she is, Sarai took it in her stride and said that she was going to “try” no matter what.
I love that she came home, so proud, because she had managed to kick the ball once (in six games) and although it was the wrong way and straight to the opposition, she was so happy.
Sometimes I wish that Sarai would love sport (as both Kieren and I are that way inclined) but today showed me that character trumps anything that I would ever want her to be blessed with.
This girl is fearless in her pursuit to do all that she can, but in trusting God and asking Him to help her be brave, she took a chance and although to others, it didn’t seem much, to her, it changed her world.
Let’s pray that we all will take that chance in life.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5