Flesh and Blood, Playground Edition

A young boy is passionate about basketball. He knows all the facts of NBA legends, current player stats and will dominate any game on basketball trivia. When it comes to playing the sport, his physical abilities don’t measure up to his wisdom and passion. He practices his shot persistently. When he’s on the court with kids his age that tower above him and run circles around him, he faces disappointment. What he sees tells him that his hours of relentless practice won’t allow him to be a star on the court.

As mature believers, we know and strive to walk by faith and not by sight [2 Corinthians 5:7]. But what does this look like for the little boy who wants to make the basketball team? I guess this a good time to reference the sermons on “The 3 P’s of Parenting”. We are equipped for providing, protecting and preparing our children for situations such as this, it’s all a matter of us striving to be the “Flesh and Blood” examples of Jesus and the life he lived. In a child’s young mind, they naturally are moved by what they see which can lead to discouragement and a rough start to exercising their faith.

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” – John 1:14

Our homes are the boot camp to prepare our children for the things they’ll face in the future. By being their example of living a Christ-centered life, we can show them how we exercise our belief and trust in the God we serve during our trials. Encourage them to write down what God has done for them and the prayers that have been answered, so that they can be prepared to be the flesh and blood examples out on the playground and basketball courts too.