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With ball games in full swing this is an opportune time to tell you about our son, Jason and his basketball début.  Jason was a tall boy with good athletic skills, but I did not want to push him (or his sisters) into sports. Although I had thoroughly enjoyed my athletics in Jr. and Sr. High School, I ended up with four knee surgeries (one causing blood clots and staph infection) as well as a concussion and contusion to the brain. If they wanted to get involved, I backed them up and encouraged them, but they had to make the choice.  When Jason decided to play Biddy Basketball, we did like every parent – bought the uniform, tennis shoes and hauled him to practices. Then came his first game... and the problem. For some reason still unknown to me, he decided he didn't want to play... this was a problem since the team only had six players. I tried to help him understand that he owed it to the other boys to play, quitting was not an option. That did not go well. So... I brought him, crying the whole time, to the gym, walked him to the team, crying the whole time, and told the coach, "Do what you can". Returning to the stands, I felt like a criminal and probably most of the mothers thought that very thing.  But, he went onto the court for the jump ball, since he was the center... crying all the time, and started the game. I was about to take him out of the game, since he was still crying out on the court. Then the miracle we needed occurred, someone missed a basket and it bounced into his hands. Instinctively, he shot and made the basket.... Hallelujah! What a transformation took place! He immediately ran to his defensive position, stopped crying and was the second highest scorer on both teams. Jason ultimately made All Stars that year and the next, and went on to be a starter on the Eunice High School basketball team. The teachable moment??? Don't allow your children to make bad decisions when you know the right one. Leaving them to their own understanding will keep them as babies... big babies. Help them be the adult and the decision maker, because you DO know best, even if they think you don't. The scripture?  "Train up a child in the way he should go, and he when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). Another applicable principle for each of us… Just aswe ask our children to trust our judgment and knowledge, we too should trust our Father with His judgment and knowledge. The scripture? "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall directyour paths”  (Proverbs 3:5-6).