My youngest son wants to be goalie for some strange reason – I don’t know why my kids think they have to play the one role in their sports that the game can happen to rest on your shoulders. They are trying to give me a heart attack. But thankfully, God intervened on my behalf because he isn’t good at goalie. Not. at. all. He can’t stop that ball for the life of him yet he keeps wanting to play. I texted Brad and said, “Hey honey, we have a problem, your son wants to be the goalie only he can’t stop a ball for nothing. Ideas?” He said he would work with him and I have to admit that it is going to take much more than a few afternoons in the sun to get that boy goalie material.
But the kid is fast and his coach has been gently reminding him that his speed is what they need. I love a coach who can detour a kid toward his gifts without the kids really even knowing what he is doing. Soon, Jackson is telling me how his coach really needs him to play forward and is counting on him to dribble the ball towards the goal. Goalie, smoalie.
I can’t help but wonder how many times I have wanted to be a goalie when God needed me to the forward. I am one to retreat by nature and hide and hole up. I would much rather just stand back by the goal and protect it than run forward into the enemy territory. Jesus left us with the great Commission which says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” God is calling us to go and make disciples.
It can be much safer back by the goal. We can stand back and just wait for the ball to possibly come in our direction. Yes, we might have to dodge a few bullets but we can stand pretty protected back home. Or we can choose to get further into the game and go out and play offensive. We can choose to pick up the message that God has given us and go out and share it with the world.
Our churches missions logo is “Get Up and Go!” Choose today to step away from your home goal and play forward.