Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Chosen

Deuteronomy 7:11 - Deuteronomy 11:24

I am married to a lacrosse coach.

This week has been filled with lacrosse tryouts.

I wonder if you are aware that tryouts are just as stressful for a coach as they are for the players?

Because how do you choose…out of all of those boys…how do you set the team?

The Coach loses sleep over this.

And he spends a lot of time looking at each name and thinking about each boy.

Making the team requires more than just talent.  Dedication and commitment are considered.  The Coach spends a lot of time just watching.  Pondering.  Considering.  He doesn’t just choose the boys with the most talent.  Sometimes he chooses the ones with the fewest.

He knows what he is looking for.

That’s him there on the right.  You can feel the watching, the pondering, the considering.

This coaching, it’s not about the winning for him.  He will tell you it is, but I will tell you it’s not.  It’s about the boys.

He’s teaching them respect.  Honor on the field and off.  How to become a champion in the game so they can become a champion in life.

He spends a lot of time on this.

And the boys learn to honor him by honoring the game.

It doesn’t take long to realize that he loves every one of those boys ––much more than he loves the game.

Tonight he posted two lists.  A varsity squad, and a jv squad.  It was hard making the separation.  I watched him fret over it for hours.

It’s a decision he didn’t look forward to.

But the thing I love about the coach and his team tryout is this:  Everyone who tried out for the team this week made it on one list or the other.

No one was cut.

He chose to keep every single boy.

Because he believes in the potential of each player.   He would never turn someone away.

It reminds me a little bit of some of the verses we read at the very end of yesterday’s reading…and one of the verses we read today.

“For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God:  the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.

The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people;

for ye were the fewest of all people:

But because the Lord loved you…hath he brought you out with a mighty hand…

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.

(Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 13,14,15)

And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee…thou shalt be blessed above all people… (Deuteronomy 7:13)

I love that the Lord didn’t choose Israel because they were more…because in reality they were the fewest…He did what He did for them because He loved them.  That’s why He was faithful to them.  And He believed in their potential.  Enough to bring them out with a mighty hand.

And I believe He will do the same for us.

You might not be involved in a team tryout right now.  But do you ever have one of those days when you look back and wonder if you were enough?  If you gave your best?  If anyone even recognized your effort?

Do you ever wonder whose team you are on?  If anyone is cheering for you?  If someone else has more to offer than you ever could?

On those days maybe you could remember these verses.

The Lord has chosen you.  Because He thinks you are special.  You don’t have to be more than anyone else…you can be numbered among the fewest.  He will still choose you.

Because He loves you.

He won’t turn you away.  He will love you.  And bless you.

Because the Lord thy God, He is God.

The faithful God.

Who has promised that you will be blessed among all people.

Believe Him.

There is nothing that would make Him happier than to know that you are on His team.

He knows your potential.

He has chosen you.

Choose Him.

 

...Hey Coach,

Happy Valentine's Day.

I love you.

Belle

Emily Freeman