The Soccer Net

By Lillian Kirby of Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Sustain each other in peace, and ye shall be blessed with my Spirit, in comforting and strengthening you for my work.  Doctrine and Covenants 117:13

My 12-year-old grandson came to my house one hot, muggy Sunday afternoon. Everyone else in his family was napping, and he was bored and looking for an exciting activity. He asked me if he could build a soccer goal net from some old wood and nails.

This monumental project seemed unattainable to me, but I gave him permission to try. The novice carpenter began work in my driveway, having a vision in his mind. He made many trips to the basement for the old scrap wood and some nails. Occasionally, I went outside to encourage him in the 6- by 12-foot lumber puzzle being nailed, hammered, and fashioned into the wanted shape.

Several hours later his father viewed the project. He lent support and encouragement, but eventually he convinced Jordan the wood wasn’t sturdy enough. It soon collapsed. Yet, surprisingly, my grandson went away happy.

Some of life’s goals are like this project. We start with enthusiasm and vision but sometimes are frustrated before completing the task.

What we learn during the building of our lives is worth the laborious steps and mistakes made on the journey. Although disappointments come our way, may we continue our journeys, with Christ-like goals and values. With the help of God and the sacred community we can reach our goals.

Prayer for Peace:

Master Carpenter, sometimes our best-laid plans go wrong. Thank you for the sacred community that supports and strengthens us to reach our goals. May our goals be your goals. May we be builders of ways to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Examining God’s Call to Me and to All

Each day this week reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by prayerfully asking to recall particular moments when you have experienced God’s presence and invitation. Write in your journal or just quietly reflect on images and insights that come.

When has God seemed most real in your life? How and when has God called you to use your energies and gifts? When have you felt most deeply connected and responsive to God’s movement in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family members, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will lend encouragement to the work of another.

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