|We can use sports, especially football (soccer) to grow character, life skills, self-awareness and esteem. Competitive sport, even if it’s only yourself or your personal best that you’re competing against, is a tremendous auditorium for learning. Numerous worthies, also-rans, rascals and ragamuffins, come to life on finding their feet in sport and team. But our work is ‘transformational’ inside-out, as opposed to ‘transactional’ which is out and out about ‘your performance’ and what ‘you bring to the team’. We aim to help one another believe and know we are precious and special without ‘doing’ anything. “Who ARE you?” is the big question we ask, rather than “What can you do!?”
The fact that “I am a beloved son / daughter of the Most High God!” is truly humbling and inspirational truth. With God’s acceptance and Grace as base, and at ‘Grace-pace’ we foster an inner confidence with which to live well and perform on the field, knowing that our identity doesn’t depend on it. The New Covenant, graciously given us through Jesus Christ, is characterised by the Father’s voice at Jesus’ baptism, when the Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus like a dove and we were addressed (through Jesus), “This is my daughter / son in whom I am delighted…”
In your awesome,
But your New Covenant with us does not cause us to cower in a corner for fear of being wiped away.
We stand tiny and tall in your amazing presence.
|by Neil Urquhart, Fullarton ConneXions|
|Psalm 25:1-10 (MSG)|
|1-2 My head is high, God, held high;
I’m looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.
3 I’ve thrown in my lot with you;
Don’t embarrass any of us
4 Show me how you work, God;
5 Take me by the hand;
6 Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
7 Forget that I sowed wild oats;
8 God is fair and just;
9 He gives the rejects his hand,
10 From now on every road you travel