In this Season of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Facebook … and Jason Taylor, my nephew, is one of the main reasons. Maintaining out-of-town family relationships is difficult in our busy world, and yet I am blessed to get glimpses of the Taylor family almost daily because of social media.
Jason is a Christ-follower and is leading his whole family in that pursuit. He grew up in a Christian home, but rebelled like so many do as he came to the Age of I Am Great – you know, that age when he realized how smart he was and how dumb his parents were. After a decade or more, he had his Moment with God and has never been the same. Check him out on Facebook, and you will know from his posts, as well as from those who comment, that Jason’s #1 goal is to please The Lord and share His Word.
Though I don’t share the writing of others often, this is an exception I gladly make on your behalf. Yes, this is for you. If you are a father, I believe this letter he wrote will impact you and motivate you to lead your family and your friends to a Higher Calling. As one of the volunteer coaches, he wrote to the parents of Ben’s football teammates (a letter I probably would not have seen had Jason not posted it on Facebook):
“Hello Everyone! As we near the end of another successful Warrior football season, I just wanted to express my appreciation to all of you parents, coaches and kiddos who come together to make our teams what they are! I also want to share some things that we have tried to instill in these boys throughout the season.
As was stated at the first of the year, our program really is about so much more than just winning football games. Almost every week we discuss different principals that will help these boys succeed on and off of the football field. The following are some of the lessons we have talked about as a team.
Our team creed has centered around Believing God, Believing in Each Other and Believing in Ourselves. We want them to grow in faith in these areas. We have chosen to Honor God as a team and have clearly seen Him keep His promise in honoring and blessing us in so many ways on and off the field.
We teach each player to give 100% every play so that they can be confident the man next to them will do their job, therefore finding the courage and freedom to
give their all themselves!
And we want them to be confident in their own abilities by believing they “… can do all things through Christ who strengthens them!”
We tell them to “Hit First and Hit Hard!”
This is a great slogan for football but it applies to life as well. Take the initiative and give it all you’ve got!
We teach them to “…not grow tired of doing what is right for at the proper time they will be rewarded if they do not give up!” Galatians 6:9
We want them to maintain a good, positive attitude if and when we lose (we say Learn) and be humble at all times, especially when we win.
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
We ask them to say only things that are uplifting and build each other up.
T.H.I.N.K. Before you speak.
We teach them team concepts and guard against putting the emphasis on any one player. We do our best to build up each kid and show him how important his position is to the entire team. We play for each other, not just ourselves.”
“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12
This is Jason and son Ben celebrating a team victory as well as an individual victory. Christ was honored on and off the field. The x’s and o’s will fade in time, trophies will move from center stage shelves to cardboard boxes, but the Character being taught in this home will live for generations.