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?
FCA Urban Soccer League Director