Lesson in Loving People

 I'm a big believer in God moments and if you're truly looking for them you'll see them all around you.  Maybe it's as small as a smile from a stranger or as big as the miracle of new life but we can spot them if we're really looking.

I had one of these God moments this past weekend...

Nixon's baseball team scrimmaged another local team this past Sunday.  I'd like to add here that Nixon's baseball team includes some of his very best friends but the team we were playing happens to include some of the boys on his new football team {and he happens to really like those boys too}.  Nixon is one of the most competitive ten-year-old boys ever  so I wasn't sure how this scrimmage would play out.  Would he be upset if he lost?  Would the boys on other team be mad or angry if they lost?  If our team won would he be a great sport?  Would they be a great sport?  Moms of ten-year-old boys, if your kiddo is like mine, there's really no predicting tween boy behavior especially when you add in a big dose of competitiveness and nineteen other boys.

The weather was absolutely horrible with a cold misty drizzle the entire evening and when the lights shut off ending the game abruptly we were down a few runs.  As we all walked towards our cars, I turned to look back at Nixon and he was shaking the hands of a friend on the other team telling him, "Good game".

Not that I want to brag on him for doing the "right" thing because this is of course the way he should have handled it, but it got me thinking...

How all of us adults could really take a note from Nixon and his friend.

No matter what side of an issue you fall on {or baseball team in this instance} the whole big picture is just loving people.  

It's that simple.

We don't have to agree on everything but at the end of the day what really matters is loving them.

"Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other." 1 John 4:11 NLT

Sometimes God tugs on my heart in big ways and other times he chooses to use two ten-year-olds to speak right to me.  I thought those boys might be able to teach us all a little something.

Thanks for letting me share my heart today!  Here's to loving others big!

XO

15 comments

Jen said...

Absolutely. Thanks for sharing

Mix and Match Mama said...

Yes. Yes, yes and yes. That Nixon is a great boy.

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

What a sweet story. Great reminder for all of us.

Elspeth Mizner said...

Such an important message!! Thank you for sharing!
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Becky said...

Thank you for sharing! We do indeed need to follow Nixon's example!

God Bless! ~ Kerrie said...

Well, this gave me chills. I needed to be reminded. Thank you for sharing... and good job raising kids with good hearts. Our world needs this!

Amy Heinl said...

There are alot of adults who could learn from your son. I know it had to make your momma heart so proud to see him engage in this selfless act of true sportsmanship. In a time of such discord and division in our country, we tend to forget that we are all on the same team...and that we should be encouraging and lifting one another up at all times. Way to go Nixon. You are quite the young man.

Paula said...

Kids are some of our greatest teachers!

Matthew 19:14 said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Tracy Robinson said...

A reminder for us all - something we desperately need right now is kindness!

Julie Bradford said...

Love this... isn't it crazy how we worry sometimes how things are going to play out (even about a scrimmage game) and in the end it's even better than we could've imagined! I needed this today.... I get so wrapped up in the girls softball games/ all sports for that matter and how it's going to end and the what if's when really I just need to sit back and enjoy it all!
thank you for this!

Jen Cheng said...
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Jen Cheng said...

What an awesome way to reflect Nixon's heart! It's amazing to see how God uses our little ones for good, and even more amazing that they teach us through these moments.

Dustie Day said...

❤️❤️❤️

Addison said...

This brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful post, Erika! Your boy sounds so sweet. Definitely a great reminder for this season!

bobbie said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful God blessed moment.