Most every Friday night in the fall you can find me on top of a pressbox helping coach the Lincoln County Patriots. I’m almost always standing next to another coach, and we are talking with our coaching staff, who are on the sideline. Being up high, away from everything sounds like a disadvantage, but it helps us in so many ways. We see every player on every play. We see what is working, and what isn’t. We see who is winning their individual battles, and who is not. We also are able to see what our opponent is doing. We can clearly see their formation, personnel, etc. It is just nice being away from everything, yet very much connected. A few weeks ago my family and I went on a vacation to Charleston, SC. I am not a big vacation guy. I feel guilty if I am gone from work.
This guilt doesn’t come from my church, my team, or anywhere else-except from with-in me. Anyhow, my wife told me we needed this, and once again she was correct. A week of disconnecting from everything that is back home was just what I needed. I constantly am thinking about church, my youth group, Lincoln football, FCA, etc when I am at home because these are things I am passionate about. On vacation I was able to disconnect, but not totally. It allowed me to step up in the pressbox if you will and really evaluate the last year of my life, especially as it pertained to church, football, etc. I really liked somethings, and some really made me sick. Either way it was such a blessing to climb those steps and see the entire field. Some significant changes have already been made because of what I saw, and several more are to come. I praise God for the opportunity to get away with my family, the most important thing in my life. I also praise Him for the opportunity to evaluate several of other important areas in this life He has blessed me with. When was the last time you climbed those bleachers to the top so you could look back down at how you are living your life? Try it. I’m guessing you need to. Remember: How you live everyday, is how you live your life. Test everything. Hold on to the good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New International Version)