“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ….Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many….But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body….On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” I Corinthians 12:12-26
We watch you.
I watch you.
My oldest watches you and counts down the minutes until you walk through that door for breakfast.
My middle watches you (and sometimes is the one teasing you).
And my youngest, well, she just wants you to hold her.
We pray for you.
We pray over you.
We love you. Honestly, more than you will ever know.
We want you to be good.
And I don’t mean “good” like we want you to please and be a perfect little rule follower.
We want you to stand for good.
We want the good that we see in you to be seen by the world for what it is.
We believe in you and the good that is deep down in your heart. We believe that that talent God birthed in you is there, ready to be unleashed “for such a time as this.” We believe this with everything in us.
We believe YOU can be good because YOU are good. God created you that way.
Even though the minutes you play may not reflect what we all see, I know at the same time, there is good in my husband. And that his goodness sees the good of the entire team.
Because you want to win, right? I know I do. And he wants to win. And your parents want to win. So if he takes you out, it’s not because he doesn’t love you. It’s because he knows the good in someone else just may be needed at that moment.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” I Corinthians 12:27
You see, it’s bigger than you. It’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than this team.
It’s the way you walk off the court after you get taken out. It’s the way you high five and cheer for your teammates because you see the good in each of them. It’s the way you celebrate when you win and the way you handle a loss with class. It’s that good that we see in you.
He wants you to be GOOD because one day, someone else may see your good and they may challenge it. They may test how good you really are and you can look back on this experience, your entire athletic experience and know that every step was for a reason. Every minute, every towel served a purpose.
Your good is vital to the greater good.
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
I Corinthians 12:28-31
Because we want your good to the best there ever was.