Naomi is playing netball this term – she loves it. This year she is one of the team captains. She asked me, “What does a captain do?” My answers (off the top of my head)
- Be an encourager
- Pull the team together, build team identity
- Set the example of good sportsmanship
- Help the Coach
I was thinking this morning that they are the things that I need to be doing as a mother too:
- Encourage my children, help them ‘play the game’, praise when they’ve done well, and encourage them to try again when they’ve not done so well.
- Our Family is a team: Team Letchford – one of my roles is to help pull the family pull together – to make us a team. To share the vision for our family, to help build the skills to carry out that vision.
- I need to set the example for living a life committed to Christ – to loving God, and loving other people, to growing more and more like Christ in my daily life
- I need to help God – not be God – in my children’s life. Ultimately God is the one that gives the directions – my job is to help those instructions become reality.
Most analogies break down somewhere along the way – so I’m not addressing the issue here of the role of the father in the home – simply seeing that there are things that I can learn from or be challenged by as my daughter learns about being a netball team captain.