Summary: When God does great things we need to celebrate like David did and bring a proper attitude in our worship.
The year is so long ago we won’t mention it. But I was a freshmen in High School, I was playing soccer for my churches club team. We’re playing this team and they’re better than we are. They’re beating us, not bad, but they’re winning. Then it happens, it’s that type of play that can change a game. One of our guys just blindly kicks the ball out of our end towards their goal. I’m playing forward as the ball is flying, I start running under it. They guy who is supposed to guard me starts running too, but I’m faster than he is so I leave him behind. It’s just me and the ball, there’s only one player between the ball the goalie and me. And he’s running towards me instead of the ball.
It’s one of those moments that you see in your head. I see the ball is going to bounce between us. But I have time to jump up and head the ball past him and if I do that then I’ll be all alone, me the ball and the goal I’m about to score. It happens almost exactly as I saw it in my head. The ball bounces, I jump. I see the guy I see the ball, I see the look shock and horror in his eye when I head it exactly where I want. And I know I’m going to score. Unfortunately that’s the last thing I remember.
See visualized that play, I knew a lot about soccer, I knew about my ability, I knew his position. But I didn’t know him. See the guy was also a linebacker for his high school football team. When he saw me in the air. He just went into a diving shoulder tackle and took me out a the ankle. I landed on my head and shoulder, the result was a concussion and a separated shoulder. Worse to a very competitive teenage male, we lost the game.
But the good thing about games is that there is always another one. Fast forward a couple of months. We’re in the state tournament. We’ve been playing great, and breeze into the county semi-finals. Guess who we play. That’s right same team. Except this time we score first and then we’re playing defense like crazy. Cause they’re really good. The game gets into the second half and we know that if we can just score one more time, we’re going to win the game and go to the finals. They were better then us, but maybe not on that day. I’m playing a little harder then normal because let’s face it, I remembered what happened and I was a little angry about it. Then it happens. It’s another fast break. We’re running down the field, the ball ends up with me. Bam lower right corner, past the goalie. 2-0 we’re going to the finals. Now you have to understand what happened next. My dad taught me that we you score in a sport act like you’ve been there before. I usually did. Except I’d never scored a goal like that before. I’d never been there before. And I didn’t act like it. The arms when up, a yell went out. My team was screaming, it was awesome. We have a word for a moment like that, celebration.