A well meaning friend told me, in a moment of frustration, that she didn’t see the point in spending so much time, energy and money in playing competitive basketball because “it has no eternal value”. With all due respect, I beg to differ.
We returned from *State* a couple of days ago, three very disappointed girls in tow. No doubt those three players represent the feelings of the whole team. They had had a very respectable loss to a very tough number two team, which put them in position to play for third. What followed the next morning was a game that they would just as soon forget. The girls were exhausted and it showed. They lost the third place game without so much as a threat to their opponent.
The boys last game, while not as rough as the girls, was none the less lost as well. While both teams could have headed back to West Texas defeated and dejected, they left with heads high in spite of deep disappointment.
So much was learned this week, but the most important thing that we take away is that *ALL is grace*. Win or lose, we can be sure that God will work it together for our good and His glory. It’s all part of His plan.
Before a big game, you can be sure that this momma’s stomach is doing nervous flips. What of the players, if this is the mom? But it occurs to me…God already has it all wrapped up, knows what is best, and has it in His hands. And I thank Him.
God will use whatever He wishes, wherever we are to teach us about Himself. I haven’t time to go into the countless life lessons our kids have learned on the hardwood over the years, but ultimately it all goes back to this. God is good and this season in our lives, with so many hours spent in the gym, is a gift.
Now it’s time to gear up for Nationals in Springfield, MO. The Lady Titans are still heading into it ranked fourth in Texas! And, like I’ve said before…Texas is kind of a big deal!