I think it is time to retire. I have been doing this for many years and it is time for someone else to step in and and take over.
These were the words I shared with the basketball players and their families in the spring of 2018. I had coached high school basketball from 1993 - 2018 and it was time to step aside and dedicate more time to my other responsibilities.
Here we are, 18 months later, and I am about to go to my first practice back as a coach. This time I am stepping in as the JV boys coach and will be assisting with the Varsity. It will be a lot less time consuming and I am looking forward to the challenge of getting back into it.
So what changed? The biggest change was there was a need. Our JV coach of the last several years was unable to return due to his work obligations. Mr. Parsons and Coach Meckes interviewed a number of people and offered the position to a couple of individuals, but none of it worked out. One day I went home and told Mia that they were having a hard time finding a JV coach and I asked her what she would think of me doing it. She told me I should, and here I am, back at practice and soon enough back on the sideline.
God can sometimes call us in much the same way. We look around and wonder why there isn't anyone taking a position, or volunteering to lead. As we try to reason why no one is fulfilling this responsibility we often forget to look at what we might have to offer. I hope in the future I can approach these questions like Isaiah did. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8. My desire is that whenever the question is asked I have the strength to say, "Here am I, send me."