And We Never Run In Vain...
… or for finite prizes.
I strive to teach four life skills to my students. Hard Work, Responsibility, Obedience, and Honesty. I try my best to live by these principles as well. So, last spring, when my boss asked me if I could capture some images of his sons football team…. well, when your boss asks you to do something, you do it… Obedience.
Of course, it wasn’t just obedience that made me want to help Brad Thompson. I would count him as much more than my boss, he is one of my friends. We don’t spend a ton of time together outside of work, but we do talk often about many things not work related. I know about his family. I know about his sons. The one he asked me to take photos of actually played baseball against my son’s team many times. At the time they were the closest things to “rivals” that there could be in u9 through u11 baseball.
My relationship with Brad, and my willingness to help him and do what he asks of me is very similar to the relationship that JESUS wants to have with me. HE wants me to be friends with HIM, to work together to be successful in the world. HE wants me to love and put others ahead of myself. HE wants me to be OBEDIENT.
“If you love ME, you will keep MY commands.”
“Jesus answered, “If anyone loves ME, he will keep MY word. MY FATHER will love him, and WE will come to him and make OUR home with him.”
“You are MY friends if you do what I command you.”
1 Peter 1:22
“By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,”
Love for others is big to GOD, and so it should be big for me. I love Brad, as my boss and as a person. I wouldn’t want to work for anyone else. I want the best for him. I want to help him in any way I can. The LORD gave me a talent for photography. So of course I agreed to photograph his son’s team.
On October 13th, his son's team would be playing on Fort Osage High School’s new turf field. I showed up early for the mid afternoon game and the day was perfect. Sunny, warm, and I knew that I was going to be able to get some great shots. Looking back, I wish that high school games were maybe played in the afternoon, not the evening. It would be so much better for the photographers!
Anthony’s team is the Indians (they are all going to be Fort Osage kids in the future). Anthony is number 7, and played many positions. He played quarterback, running back, linebacker, and punter. He also was on the special teams. He is an amazing athlete already and is going to get even better when he gets to high school.
The game was very exciting, and close. There were several turnovers, some big offensive plays, and some good defense. The Indians ended up pulling it out in the fourth quarter. More importantly, I was able to capture some amazing images for Brad and his family. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed taking them. Thanks for giving me this opportunity boss!
Song: Run by Lecrae