All In

Yesterday was our first sermon from our new Pastor. I enjoyed listening to him preach this message on being “All In” in our Christian life. At the end of the service my boys’ football coach and his family came down to join our church and I was reminded of a theme from Football Camp a couple years ago appropriately titled “All In”. Our team is called the Trojans and a sword is on their helmets. He explained that they needed to be “All In” in every aspect of their life and this would carry onto the football field.

So, I went home and found my “All In” t-shirt. I even took a picture and posted it on Social Media! Ha ha!

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What I thought of as I was working yesterday was this:

  • It’s easy to be “All In” when things are going well.
  • It’s easy to be “All In” when you first begin something.
  • It’s easy to be “All In” when you are excited.

But what about the times when things aren’t going well, or you have been doing the same thing for a while with not as many results as you thought, or when you aren’t excited anymore but tired?

I feel like Pastor Tony’s message was for me in more than just the spiritual aspect. I need to be “All In” in LIFE! In my relationship with God, my family, my friends, my health, my finances….EVERY aspect. I am trusting that when I start with being “All In” with my walk with the Lord that it will trickle down into the rest of my life, but I want to take it a step further. I want to APPLY it to all those areas instead of waiting on it to trickle down!

Are you “All In”? I know I am!

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End of a season

All good things must come to an end. That statement sounds like good advice, but when you are at the end of something you love, it isn’t easy. The end hurts. Depending on what it is the end of you may be hurt, sad, disappointed, angry. Last night, I’m sure those emotions and many others were felt as we ended our 2012 Football season.

We started the season out pretty strong even with the relatively young team we had. Then we had a few of our key players get injured early in the season. Yes, there was adversity, but we fought through together. Our team never gave up….win or lose.

Last night was no exception. Even though our team didn’t walk off the field victorious in the game, they walked off victorious in life lessons. What they have been taught by their coaches will never be forgotten…Hard work, determination, working together, giving life your all on & off the field and faith. Those are attributes these young men will carry with them forever.

I remember the feeling of being a Senior parent last year & I will do it again next year. I cried. It hurt knowing I would never get to see my son run onto a football field again. I know what those boys feel doesn’t even compare to my sadness. But, I also know that even though it hurts, life goes on. They have been prepared for adversity from the beginning. You’ve got this boys!

Enjoy the rest of your Senior year because it will be over in the blink of an eye! Remember what this season taught you. Stay true to yourselves and keep your friendships alive. There are great things in store for you! Go out there an apply what you’ve learned to the next stage of your life and you won’t fail!

Once a Trojan, ALWAYS a Trojan!

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