I bet you wonder how last week ended! As we celebrate Thanksgiving, what I want to share with you is how Thankful I am for how God shows up our lives! Friday was one of those days that there was little if anything to complain about. Any challenges that may have crept up were in the shadows of a joy filled day! My prayer the night before was that God would reveal what He wanted for me through the decision that would be made about coaching soccer at the high school level.
With the interview the evening before, it was fresh in my mind in the morning and I was wondering what I would hear back in the early part of this week as to what hiring decisions would be made. As mentioned in the previous post, there were two opportunities to coach in Ankeny, and I was really feeling the nudge that becoming the Head Coach for the 9th Grade Boys Team at the new Centennial High School would be the best fit. In 2013 there will be 2 high schools in Ankeny and in preparation for divided schools they are beginning to split the sports teams as well at the freshmen level. In this position I would have an opportunity to develop the program in the years to come and for this I was excited. My prayer in the morning again was for God to make clear what His plan was in this through the decision to be made. In this I was able to find peace to alleviate the distraction of curiosity as I prepared to go to work. The peace once again came over me because I knew it was in God’s hands.
It was 9:42am that I received a phone call from the Athletic & Activities Director, Mr. Kevin Biggs, who was excited to offer me the opportunity to become the 9th Grade Boy’s Soccer Head Coach. I shared my excitement and accepted the offer to join the team of coaches in the Ankeny School District! What a blessing this was and I look forward to coaching this team in the Spring. Following this news I had a 3 month review meeting with Pastor Scott Rains. This meeting quickly reminded me of how blessed I am to be a part of such a great group of people excited to serve God and work to advance His Kingdom. With just a few months under my belt, my experiences are great examples of why following God to step into this role provide continued affirmation! As I left the review meeting it was off to lunch with some of my brothers in Christ, whom are a part of our Tuesday morning study, at Woody’s Smoke Shack. As I drove I Thanked God for His response to prayer and was excited to begin sharing the news I received from Mr. Biggs.
Lunch with Jeremy, Taylor and SJ provided a great opportunity for fellowship, but also served as an opportunity to reflect on our experiences from Tuesday mornings. The guys continue to share with us how they are being challenged to grow in their relationship with God and as a Follower of Christ. I love to see how God uses the platform of leading this group to change their lives and shape their perspectives in many ways. Friendships are being created and accountability relationships are resulting. This is what being the Church is all about and God continues to be at work! As we left lunch, I was full of joy and in tune with how God continues to bless this life. What was to follow involved one of the biggest headline in sports for the week!
I picked up my girlfriend, Amy, and we set out to Ames to enjoy a night of tailgating and football. We arrived at the lots as the sun was setting and enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with friends, enjoy some brats and watch a game for which we had little expectations. What transpired over the next few hours, was beyond believable, but we witnessed an amazing battle between the #2 Team in the nation and the fearless Cyclones. The game was amazing and I am Thankful that I had the opportunity to enjoy the experience with friends! Simply amazing!
God shows up in a multitude of ways in our lives and for this we should be Thankful! I am Thankful for the opportunity to share in life’s experiences with family and friends! I am Thankful for how God provides for the opportunity to experience the blessings in this life! I am Thankful for each day that I have on this earth! I hope that what I have shared with you in this Bookend Blog Series provides encouragement for each of you to stop and reflect on how God is working in your life every day. We give Thanks today for our many blessings, don’t forget to give Thanks to God for all He has done and for sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins!