Monday, September 16, 2019

"Don't Give Up On Me"

                       

Our four year old grandson, Reedley, started soccer this year which is about the cutest thing in the world.  He had his first game right before we left on a long trip, in fact we  postpone our time to leave just so we could watch him play.

He is four  but about the size of a two year old, smallest on the team, on all the teams that played that day, but he has a big heart and lots of energy.  His 8 year brother plays and that has made Reedley want to play since he looks up to him. 

The sidelines were crowded with parents and lots of grandparents too, all shouting for their little child playing.  First time out, Reedley gets the ball and with his little short legs and left foot, ( he is a lefty) he focused so hard on kicking the ball in the net he did not realize he was heading for the wrong net.  Excitement is racing through his little body, he kicks and misses.  Then he starts crying because he did not make the goal.  For the rest of the first half of the game, he cried off and on trying hard to stay in the game but just so overcome by disappointment because he did not get a goal.  They had him sit out the second half for a few minutes, he ate a snack & got something to drink.  His older brother and two other friends came over to cheer him up and tell him not to give up.

 Almost every morning he comes into our living room and he and Grandpa watch music video's.  Reedley's favorite one is Andy Grammer singing with a youth choir.  He knows all the words to the song and if you have listened to it you'll  understand why he told me after the game, "He did not give up".

It is amazing what a little encouragement can do for a four year old heart.  Reedley jumped back into the game and even though he did not get a goal he played with all his heart and energy and did not cry anymore.  The coach gave him the "Most Valuable Player" award at the end of the game.  What a lesson to all the adults watching and the other kids that a few tears will come in life but one cannot give up just because we failed a time or two.

                                                        Reedley is number 3

It's really not hard to quit, and it takes no courage, in fact whatever courage you had to begin with despite the fears will be gone too.  So, don't quit, wipe the tears, get back out in the game. Courage will return. 

I love the Bible characters who did not give up and because of that we have a whole bible, from those who wrote it, translated, printed and put it out there for all to read down through the years.  Because of them we can learn who we are, who God is and what sin is and what Jesus did to deliver us from hell. 

"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” ―James A. Michener

10 comments:

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, my gosh! First, of all, I never heard of that song or the artist. I love the song! And I love what I learned from young Reedly's example! It does not surprise me, Betty, that he is YOUR grandson! Courageous! I'm so proud of him. If he is like this at age four, watch out world, because Reedly is going to move mountains! Thank you for sharing his young life with us, Betty. I'm so glad you stayed for the game. May Abba adorn his life with His Goodness and Graciousness. I love you, Betty!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Very good post Betty. I love to go watch the little ones play soccer. For the most part they play like the giant hoard. Like a pack of ants going after the ball. But I love your application of not quitting. This will serve Reedly well in the future. It serves us well as followers of Christ also.

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Yes, Reedly has a great heart, Betty! And what a powerful lesson for all of us - there will be disappointments, but we can dry our tears and move forward with God's help.
Blessings!

Veronica Shticks Anderson said...

I love this: "...a few tears will come in life but one cannot give up just because we failed a time or two." Wonderful story, Betty! I also loved that Reedley's older brother encouraged him! Beautiful!

Cheryl said...

Aw! Little Reedley's perseverance is a great lesson for us all! Thank you for sharing this story, sweet sister. God bless you and your family!

Wise Hearted said...

Thank for the complement about Reedley being like me...I hope he wiser and more courageous then me. Our son, Jared was small for his age and he learned to be faster and could steal the basket ball quicker then anyone on his team. Same with soccer, when you are small I believe God gives extra strength in a few areas. Love you too my friend.

Wise Hearted said...

Your disscription of little ones playing soccer bring like a pack of ants after the ball is right on. I am glad its a ball they all attack instead of each other.

Wise Hearted said...

He finally made a ball in his second game and cried because the couch wanted to sit him down for a little while and let another boy play. Reedley just wanted to keep playing. I think they call that being a ball hog, but he really is just a little piglet.

Wise Hearted said...

It was a sweet thing to watch as the brother and two other friends gather around Reedley. Oh, how we need to do that for each other, nothing like having someone cheer us on when we feel defeated. I think you might be a cheerleader Veronica.

Wise Hearted said...

Cheryl, I love that God let me attend his game that day and see with my own eyes an application that fits into everyday life for all ages. I love the song and we sing it almost everyday. Reedley and I dance a lot, he has much better moves then me, hope they help him at sports.