Twelve Young Men

This year I got to serve as head coach and offensive coordinator for a 5th-6th grade boys flag football team, the Chargers. This was part of the great Upward league at First Baptist of Smyrna, GA. (They do a tremendous job with their Upward leagues!) It was my first season coaching football. As we gathered together for our team’s send-off celebration, I wanted to give them something that lasted beyond the memories of games and practices. Throughout the season, we challenged our twelve boys to become “men built for others” and to be ready for the “next play.” Here is the poem that I write and my wife framed for each player. Hopefully it is an encouragement for them (and you!) through the many “next plays” in their lives.

(I fully admit that poetry is something in which I only dabble. Constructive comments appreciated, but be kind.)

Once there were twelve young men
They walked with Jesus as He taught and served in Israel
They learned to give their best, to love each other, and to keep going when things got tough
Things did not always go as they expected
Despite times of victory, they experienced difficulty and loss
But Jesus promised to be with them, always
Even when He died, He kept His promise to return to give eternal life
Instead of defeat they found true victory in Him
After their time together He sent them out to serve others in His name
They turned the world upside down.

Once there were twelve young men
They played flag football for the Chargers in Smyrna, Georgia
They learned to give their best, to love each other, and to keep going when things got tough
Things did not always go as they expected
Despite times of victory, they experienced difficulty and loss
Still Jesus promises to be with them, always
Even though He died, He lives again offering the promise of eternal life
Instead of defeat they can choose true victory in Him
After our time together, we are sending you out to serve others in His name
Will you turn the world upside down?

Trust Jesus; live as a man for others; make a difference. Go, Chargers!

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