Remembering the Why and What For - 04/08/14

We are halfway done with the season! Can you believe it? I spent some extra time today thinking about why I serve with FCA and I would love to share it with you.

I bet you didn't know that when I was in the 8th grade I was at a private Christian School in Atlanta on the verge of being expelled for having over 20 referrals. Because my dad was a pastor (that's my theory at least) the school decided to give me a second chance for 9th grade. Which unfortunately, was not any better. I was not a believer, I had such a hard heart, I didn't care about school, I was disrespectful to all of my teachers, and I constantly played the victim. I was in really bad shape. Everyone around me was concerned that there was nothing that would motivate me to be different. And if I am honest, I didn't think there was either.

However, God had a plan for me. The one thing I did care about was sports, specifically basketball. I would play all day long in my front yard and everyone knew that it was all I cared for. My sophomore year of high school, we got new basketball coaches. They were actually the boys state championship winning coaches and they took a very holistic approach to leading their players. Knowing my track record, one of the coaches told me at the beginning of the fall semester that I would not be allowed to play basketball if I had more than 4 referrals by the start of the season. That really got my attention and I was determined to change my ways. He gave me something to fight for. Something that I actually cared about. For me, sports was truly a lifeline and a hope.

One year later, a friend who I met through travel basketball died in a car accident at 16 years old. I came to the harsh realization that if it had been me in that car I would have died and gone to hell. That was the day I gave my life to the Lord. God used basketball to wade through the deep and dirty waters surrounding my heart. He met me in a familiar place, which was the basketball court.

I am telling you this story for a few reasons. First, I want you to know my story and how God rescued me. Second, because I believe the heartbeat of this ministry is giving kids who were like me, a reason to care and a reason to work hard. Third, because it is through the emotionally safe place of playing sports that I pray our kids come to know the Father's heart for them and ultimately give their lives to the Lord.

This is why I serve the under served youth in Atlanta. 

Why do you do what you do? And what is the change you are hoping to see?

Adrienne Saxon
FCA Urban Soccer League Director