Humiliation can teach WONDERFUL life lessons.
I played soccer. Not well, but I played.
(No, that’s not me – Photo Credit)
After I had my second child I heard about a new women’s soccer league. I’d never played soccer before, but the idea of running around like a maniac, kicking people in the shins and stealing the ball away from others sounded like the perfect motherhood stress reliever.
I played defense and loved it.
One particular game, my teammate couldn’t keep up with the opponent she was defending. I often had to pick up her player when she fell behind.
Naively, I went to my coach and asked if he thought we should switch positions. I was a faster runner so I thought it was a no-brainer.
My coach didn’t see it the same way. He looked at me and said, “Well, you tend to chase after the ball instead of playing your position. Yes, she’s getting beaten sometimes, but I need someone there who knows their position and plays it.”
I sheepishly ran back onto the field.
It was humiliating, but taught me an incredible life lesson.
PLAYING MY POSITION
I’m an idea person. I love being creative. I love business and coming up with new ideas. I love blogging and music. I love running and sports. I love my church and helping people.
I love lots of things. But in this season of life, I’ve been assigned to play a specific position.
I am a mother. I could “chase the ball” and run after every exciting, impressive opportunity that comes my way.
Maybe I’d even be successful. But those things are secondary.
There are a lot of bloggers. There are a lot of entrepreneurs. There are a lot of runners.
I am the only one my children call Mommy.
I must be faithful. I must be focused. This my purpose. My position. I must play it well.