Nothing Great Happens Without Sacrifice

Sep 03, 2012

I was privileged to participate in a "commitment" ceremony hosted by my oldest son's(Seth) football coach. The sixth and seven grade football players were asked to write a personal commitment statement for four categories: 1) God 2)Family 3) Church 4) Team. Each player, with their Father standing beside them, read out loud in front of their teammates their commitment statements. I beamed as Seth carefully read his statements before this private audience. After he concluded, it was my turn to affirm him before his coach, his teammates and their fathers. I shared with the team, how much he really loves the Lord and how conscientous he is about being truthful and helpful. He is also super funny. It was a moving evening to watch these young men's faces lit up as their Dad expressed appreciation and love for their sons. When the ceremony was over and we were driving home, I asked Seth, "So what did you think about tonight?" He replied, "It was awesome Dad!" Then I queried, "So, how did you feel about the things I said about you publicly?" Seth said, "I wanted to cry." Rubbing the curly brown hair on his head, I replied, "I'm honored that God gave you to me as a precious gift." I was appreciative for what we had just experienced - father to son. At that moment, I realized that I was priviledged to do what my own father had not been able to do. You see my Dad, a common laborer, worked three jobs to provide for us. He always told us, that I'm working as hard as I do, so that when you become a man with a family, you can have a better life than I have. I looked at Seth and said, "Seth, tonight was possible because Poppa made sacrifices." It's true, if we are going to have a great life, create life defining moments, leave a wonderful legacy for our children and grandchildren, someone at sometime is going to have to make a sacrifice. NOTHING GREAT HAPPENS WITHOUT SACRIFICE...


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