I look forward each year to receiving a notice in the mail to register my son for the AYSO soccer league. He has participated in soccer for the last 6 years, and he is excited to be able to play again this year. He loves the thrill of running down the field kicking the ball and passing it to score a goal.
The league runs solely on parent participation and volunteering. My first year was challenging because all the positions had been filled except for coach. I finally took a bold step and signed up for the position. I attended a half-day training class, which didn’t seem enough to become the expert my son would expect.
Most of the parents at the class did not have coaching experience, but we all arrived eager to learn and clung to the coaching handbook. The trainer briefly guided us through it, and we took what we learned to the soccer field. We had fun learning and laughing. I was assured that I could handle 16 kids with the assistance of more experienced parents as mentors. It was a bold step for me to learn how to coach soccer, but it has become an important part of my health plan too; the team and I start with warm-up exercise and practice before the game begins.
Every year on the fourth Sunday of February, we observe Bold Women’s Day to celebrate all Lutheran women who have acted or are acting boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.
How have you acted boldly lately? What did you learn about yourself?