Thought for the Week

Well it is the school holidays. Not sure why the kids have so much homework but that is the way it is this year.

Hopefully give them a break for real the next break. Poor teachers having to grade all that stuff straight away when they get back.

So not going to get over the top this week since I’m trying to take a bit of a break with my girls anyway.

So far though I’ve not taken much of a break as I was down to Northampton for the Sport Chaplaincy UK annual conference last week. A long drive compared to normal almost 900 miles with a fellow Scot from Irvine.

It was great to meet up with friends that I missed seeing last year due to my trip back stateside. But what was best was the study of Mentality of the Athlete and how that fit into sport chaplaincy.

There were two lads there from Ospreys a Welsh Wheelchair Rugby team to share how they did sport and all I can say is WOW! Amazing sport, amazing guys and boy is it hard hitting.

One was in the 2012 Games in London. So they convinced me and I’ll be watching some of the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup 2015 that starts later this week.

These guys though in wheelchairs were no less committed to their sport and the fitness they could achieve to be the best they can be.

Got to admit it was great to see the Scotland team for able-bodied rugby get through to the next stage.

Thing is there are great life lessons to be learned from sport and sports participants. There is the fitness, the discipline to stick by the rules of the game and failing that to pay the penalty for it. The ideas of doing our best even if we don’t win.

The apostle Paul had this to say in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; “ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

So his principle is that we should do all we can but to live faithfully to the principles we know are the best for human flourishing. I’ll leave you to think more about what was said in that passage.

But as for me I had a daddy/daughter day out and it was lovely. Nice meal, conversation, a bit of shopping and tea before we came home. Hopefully another day trip before it is finished.

So no more deep thoughts for now. Enjoy the rest of the Tattie Holidays and we’ll meet up here again next week Lord willing and if the creek don’t rise as I learned to say in Texas. I know you will have seen the not so good health care related local news, but I’m leaving my rant till later.

Night and God Bless.