Monday, May 28, 2012

Football, Church and Decisions

Daniel has been searching for "his" sport for quite some time.  So after forays into karate, soccer and basketball, we were a bit skeptical if his passion for football would continue.  But happily, it has, and his little brother David has gotten quite excited about it also.

The small team that we found practices three times a week in a dusty, grass-less soccer field in San Buenaventura, a huge neighborhood (and target area for a future church plant) about 15 minutes from where we live. For the last few months, the kids have been playing in an 8-man arena league, but yesterday we attended the inaugural ceremony for the ONEFA league, a much more formal grouping of teams, many of which are affiliated with some pretty ritzy schools.  Although the total cost for our team is relatively inexpensive ($192 per person for 7 months), I'm sure the costs for most of the teams we'll be playing are much higher.

Up to this point, most of the kids' games have been played on Saturdays.  When Daniel and David joined the team, we told them they could miss one Sunday, if necessary, a month.  Obviously church attendance is a priority for us!  We are usually either teaching, preaching, directing the service or directing the music.  But occasionally we are able to escape, dedicate a day to our family, and go together.  Yesterday was one of those days.

We traveled up to northern Mexico City, to a really nice football field, and rooted for our team, the Broncos.  Here's a bit of video.  David is in the front, left side, #26, and Daniel is at the back, right side.

Quote of the Day: As we explore what it means to be radically abandoned to Christ, I invite you simply to let your heart be gripped, maybe for the first time, by the biblical prospect that God has designed a radically global purpose for your life. I invite you to throw aside gospel-less reasoning that might prevent you from accomplishing that purpose. I invite you to consider with me what it would mean for all of us— pastors and church members, businessmen and businesswomen, lawyers and doctors, consultants and construction workers, teachers and students, on-the-go professionals and stay-at-home moms— to spend all of our lives for the sake of all of God’s glory in all of the world.
Platt, David. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (pp. 82-83).

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