This is my team (minus the person standing next to me who is my friend and decided to photobomb us)…And we have had quite the year. There’s only 12 of us. This picture includes our wonderful seniors that were done after our fall season was over. Anyways, we started our fall season with 26 girls. By the time preseason was over, we had 24. Then at the turn of the semester, we lost another 14 girls (this includes our 5 seniors). It was kind of a “where do we go from here?” point. Then it hit me that God has given us a very unique opportunity, to actually take part in rebuilding our team. We got to define what we wanted our team to be…and I think we did. It was a little rough around the edges, but I think we learned how to be real to each other, real in our frustrations, real in our accomplishments. We put underlying dysfunction on the table and said we need to deal with this. How cool is that? This isn’t meant to be a tell-all about my team or some kind rant about how awesome we are (though we do have shirts that say “be more awesome” which is almost impossible), but rather it is about change. Sometimes life throws us a curve-ball and you can stand there or you can hit it. But it really is a beautiful thing, at least I believe it was in my team. Next semester we we be a completely different team with 16 new freshman and only 11 returners (4 of them are goalkeepers). We are definitely the underdog, but I’ve read that God loves to use the underdog. I hope for their sake that we have a foundation built on God that can’t be shaken, even in the most desperate times. I hope for our sake that we will stand on what we’ve said we believe. This semester was a time of talk and next semester is a time of action. If I’ve learned anything from playing soccer this year, it’s that soccer is nowhere close to my everything. That would be God, but He has given me a talent, desire, and drive. And I will use this talent to look each teammate in the eye and see the person behind the skills. I want to see their hopes and dreams and the reason why God has placed them in my life, if even for a short time. With college athletics, teams are always changing and we often schedule our lives around whatever season we are in. But it is my prayer that no matter what the season, God is always at the center.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. –Jeremiah 29:11-13