Stone has been throwing a football since he was less than a year old. At age four, he can pass, punt, catch and call plays. Every game his brothers play and every practice he attends, he wears one of last year’s jerseys and thinks he is in the game.
He joins the huddles.
He encourages the opposing teams.
He screams and yells from the sidelines like the coaches and walks like he is the big dog on campus after a win.
His favorite shirts says, “I’m three, Put Me In Coach.”
Many times, I feel like Stone.
Sidelined because of my real-life responsibilities. Looking on at the world, I wonder what good I can really do when I see things that pull at my heart. Sometimes the opposing team seems as big as this 11 year old to my four year old son.
But the truth is, my prayers and my efforts are valuable, my work is no less important, and my ability to influence- even from the sidelines- is powerful.
Moms, never underestimate the value of all you do in a day– from dedicating yourself to your children’s education, pouring your efforts into your workplace, or taxi-driving your kids from one practice and play-date to the next. Because one day, we will see the fruits of our labors and realize that the world would not be the same without all the things- big and small- that we contributed over the course of our lifetime. Never underestimate the power of your prayers and the ability of God to magnify even our most exhausted effort at making a difference by giving to the next generation.