Updated: Mar 16, 2020

In case you didn't know this about me, in my spare time I coach soccer at Rustburg High School. Coaching soccer has been a part of my life for the better part of ten years now and is something that I am deeply passionate about. The greatest joy I receive from it is being able to form relationships with my guys and watching them develop into solid soccer players. Last night, was one of those instances that you might call "worth it" moments. Those moments when you say okay "I am not just spinning my wheels here." The team I coach, the JV squad, had a rough go of it with EC Glass, but in the second half showed a lot of grit and fight to keep things interesting. The special moment came in the varsity game where we have 14 seniors, including, my oldest son. Of those 14 seniors, I have been blessed with the opportunity to coach 12 of them at some level and many of them I have been with since they were as young as 8 or 10. Seeing them play at such a high level is a confirmation, but what happened after the game was even more special. A couple of those guys followed me out to my car and just chatted for few minutes about their lives and their frustrations knowing that I would listen and care about what was going on. I was grateful for the opportunity to be there for them.

So what does this have to do with us a church family? I wanted to encourage you to be actively engaged in kid's lives whether it's on a soccer field, or a basketball court, watching them at a play, or encouraging them to be successful in the classroom. Our kids need us. At Hyland Heights, we want