Editor's note: This article was originally published on Sarah West's blog, Heartskeeper. It has been republished here with permission.
Both of my kiddos play sports. We seem to have found our niche in the game of soccer. And though I am somewhat bias, both of my little athletes are good.
Each had the honor of playing in the soccer league championships. One of them came away as soccer league champion while the other experienced a crushing defeat in round two, ending their season in second place.
At the end of the day, we were ALL exhausted and sunburned.
If you want to see the true colors of parents and coaches, throw them on a soccer field and hold out a championship trophy for the taking.
It gets interesting
We got front row seats, minus the popcorn.
Coaches were making threats to other coaches.
Parents were encouraging very un-sportsman like behavior.
This isn't about the praise of the awesome athletic abilities of my kiddos. This is about a lesson that we all can stand to learn about our purpose in life.
After the pictures were taken and the medals were given, we went on with our normal, everyday lives.
There was not an entourage of people lining the street where we live, applauding my soccer stars for their long hard fight.
No "Eye of the Tiger" played as we walked into our home.
First place kid
went to their room and played video games.
Second place kid
went to their room and colored.
My husband and I drank a gallon of Gatorade and collapsed on the couch, thankful the season was over.
It was fun.
It was exciting.
At the end of the day, it was just a game
So many times in life, we place so much value on things that don't matter.
Regardless of how athletic you are or in my case, are not, you are still important and have a purpose in this life.
"When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil." Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 HCSB
Our lives will have meaning and worth only when we serve God
My concern for the generations coming up is that this message is being lost in a sea of technology, status and the occasional sports medal.
Sarah is a Christian Author and Speaker. She wrote the parenting book, "Walking the Talk: A Parent's Guide to Intimacy and Healthy Relationships" and maintains the blog A Life Inspired. Her passion is to equip the next generation of families to speak boldly and walk confidently in their faith and charge as parents. You can stay up to date with Sarah on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.