It’s That Time Again

Happy first post of March!

March is a busy birthday month for us. We had lunch at my mom’s house last Sunday to celebrate the birthdays of my sister-in-law, my niece, and my wife, then we celebrated the birthday of Leah’s brother one day early last Sunday evening because Jack’s 3rd and 4th grade basketball team was playing in the Upward championship game Monday night. That was a very long sentence.

Today is my niece, Emily Grace’s, birthday. Happy birthday to the sweet little girl who is now taller than everyone in our family except her father.

Today is also Ray’s birthday! Ray is a friend of mine from college. Y’all know Ray.

And, of course, tomorrow is Leah’s birthday.

Oh, Kayla’s birthday was yesterday! Happy birthday Kayla!

I really could go on, but I’ll just leave it with Happy Birthday to everybody!

One quick Upward story. During practices, we get to spend a few minutes talking with the team about a virtue. Each virtue comes with a bible verse supporting it. The virtues for this year were joy, initiative, and forgiveness.

Joy – finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way. (Philippians 4:4)

Initiative – seeing something that needs to be done and choosing to do it without being told. (Philippians 2:4)

Forgiveness – deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay. (Colossians 3:13)

I love that each of the virtue definitions begin with a”you” action; you find a way to be happy, you see a need and choose to act upon it, you decide to forgive. We got to spend some time talking to the boys about the two things that all of us can control – our effort and our attitude.

During one of the forgiveness practices, we asked the team why forgiveness was so important. “Because if you don’t forgive, whatever it is they did will eat you up on the inside and make you sick”, came the response. From a 3rd grader.

Forgiveness. It’s an active decision that you make. You don’t have to wait for someone to ask you for forgiveness. Let it go.

We had a lot of great exchanges like that with the team this year. That they were so involved in the devotional part of practice was really secondary to the game itself. It was a great season and, yes, they won the championship game Monday night.

On to more birthday activities! Have a great day!

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