Today marks the first official day that high school boys can practice basketball in the state of Idaho, and high school boys in Homedale will start their season with two days of try outs before the final team rosters are named for the 2012-2013 season. As the coach of the Junior Varsity B team, I get to take part in evaluating talent during try outs, and I get to spend an entire season helping twelve young men become better basketball players and better people.
I often encourage Christ followers to consider using their passions, interests, and hobbies to build relationships with and reach out to other people. This is one of the reasons I am coaching basketball this season.
Another reason I am coaching basketball this season is because the young people in our community need some positive adult influence in their lives, and in spite of my own short comings I hope I can provide such a positive influence. I often hear from negative cranky adults about how the children in our society have changed, and I wholeheartedly disagree. Kids and teenagers haven’t changed, but what has changed is societal emphasis and influence, and adult involvement in the lives of young people.
We have great young people in our churches and in our communities. Are we adults doing all we can to train, mentor, and disciple them into becoming quality people who continue to contribute to society and the Kingdom of God?
Contributed by Luke Ankeny, pastor, Homedale Friends