Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sometimes We Score, Sometimes We Block



Our family is in the midst of little league soccer season. My youngest son is playing and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is pretty good at the sport, but what makes it so great is that he loves it! He counts the days until the next game or practice. He loves his coach and teammates. He has moved up an age level this year and the players are working more like team, passing to each other and watching out for each other during play.
During the last game, my son scored two goals, they were the only goals of the game. In today's game the team scored eight goals. My son came up afterwards to me and said, "I didn't score today, but I blocked".
What a powerful truth those words can hold. In life, sometimes we score, sometimes we block. Sometimes we do great things, we excel, we achieve, we meet our goal - we score! There are also times we see the needs of others, sometimes they are sad or hurting, we block their hits. We look out for them so they can score. We stand beside them, encourage them, we pray for them and provide a buffer for them while they regain their strength. Scoring and Blocking are equally important. Wisdom comes in knowing when to score and when to block.
This week was a bit tiring for me, today I got a beautiful, short email to let me know that someone was thinking of me, what a great block! It doesn't take much to show kindness that has an wonderful effect on others.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phillipians 2:4

17 comments:

  1. Absolutely fantastic. I love the story but especially the message that comes through loud and and clear. I like your son and I don't even know him. He's my kind of guy.

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  2. What an awesome analogy! It's all so true, thank-you for this great~~ great thought.

    Ginger

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  3. Always amazed how Holy Spirit teaches us through the simple things of life. Bless You for sharing words that scored big with me and I am sure with others as well. God Bless you with all the Lord has you doing for Him. Hold your head up high sister in Christ.
    Oh' How He Loves Us!

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  4. What an inspiring post! I love that sometimes we score and sometimes we block - how true that is - I just never thought of it that way before! Thanks!

    ~Jean

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  5. This is a great lesson. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  6. Good post - especially after the week you went through. Whew.
    Enjoyed your blog immensely.
    Smiles.

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  7. Good point! Not only does it not take much effort to show kindness, but we GAIN so much from it! Thanks for sharing. Happy Spiritual Sundays.

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  8. What a beautiful message. I love when people are able to find gospel lessons in real life experiences. Thank you so much for sharing.
    *hugs*

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  9. What a wonderful message! I love what the Lord can reveal to us through something as simple as a game. Thank you for sharing it!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. I loved your story! I loved your son could see the positive of being able to block the ball for his team.
    We do all need blockers in our life:-)

    Thank You so much for sharing this simple but grand example of compassion.

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  11. This was a wonderful story with a great message, sometimes we score but sometimes we need to block!

    A reminder the little things we do for one another do matter.

    Have a blessed evening,
    Kathi :)

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  12. I love how optimistic is your son. You can't keep a good boy down:) I especially love the revelation you got from your son's words. Love it!!


    Have a bless week!!

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  13. What a cute story. This is so true that sometimes we score and sometimes we block!

    :0) Sharon

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  14. Love the anology of scoring and blocking! Great encouragement and inspiration found here!

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  15. Wow that is fantastic and completely encouraging. I need to remember I don't always have to score...and thank blocking can be even more pleasing to God. Thanks for sharing! ♥ Tori

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  16. What an awesome and thought provoking post! I just love how God speaks to us through ordinary life events. Thank you for sharing that!

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