Just this past Saturday, my son and his soccer team were playing in a championship game. The game was amazing. The score was 0-0 in the first half and we scored the first goal in the later part of the 2nd half. One of the opponents was tripped and fell, while dribbling the ball down the field. The refs awarded them a penalty kick. At this point in the game there was probably less than one minute to play. The player struck the ball very hard with his right foot, and it made its way into our goal. Not too long after they scored the tying goal, the refs whistle blew like a French horn.
The coaches had to choose five players on each team to help break the tie. When one of our five players was chosen, he declined, so the coach looked to my son to help lead the team to victory. My son was hesitant at first, but then swallowed his fear and said he would do it.
Long story short, my son kicked the ball harder than I ever saw him before. The kick was high and to the right of the goal. The goalie missed it and our team was tied 4 to 4. Our last kicker scored the winning goal, and the team went ballistic.
My son wasn’t the weakest nor the strongest player on the team. I see a lot of potential in my son, who is quick on the field but timid at times. I have tried to instill confidence in him and tell him that he can be better. His nerves get the best of him, and he over thinks things just like his dad. When he was chosen to kick, I was hoping that he was going to crush the ball. During practice, I used to see his kicks and they were not the greatest. He has improved and it showed during the championship game. All the talks we had about visualizing, and not over thinking came into play on this particular day. I have told him on many occasions to just have fun and play. He did just that when his team needed him the most. When I saw, that ball go into the net I jumped for joy, yelled loud and even hugged our coach who was coming over to congratulate me.
My son carries this championship attitude off the field as well. We just found out he received a 4.0. He will be the main lead in his Christmas performance, and he picks trash up around our neighborhood, to keep it clean. Isaiah is a young boy who can do almost anything, and I am so blessed to be his father. I am adopted, so having a flesh and blood son is awesome. I appreciate all the times we have together, and hope to continue to support him to grow as a young man and one who seeks our Lord Jesus Christ. I am proud my son, and I love you.