GOALS ! ! What are your goals?

Rob Briggs – Chaplain, Logan United Christian Soccer Club – 29th November 2020

GOALS ! ! What are your goals?

Goals don’t always mean the kind you score in a game. They can mean the plans you have for the future. Sometimes they are short term and sometimes they are long term objectives. The newspaper cutting here about the QCSA State Titles is over 23 years old, the players shown in the picture have grown up now and quite likely have young ones of their own playing in the Association. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what their plans were back then and did they achieve them? Did they change their minds somewhere along the way? We don’t know the answer to those questions but it is obvious that they were focused on the game at hand and achieving the immediate goal of winning the game.

The Report about the QCSA State Titles in the SUNSHINE COAST SUNDAY Paper June 8 1997

Playing in a team sport has many advantages, especially under the banner of Christian Soccer. Along with the obvious ones of mate-ship and team spirit, it immerses all in an atmosphere of Christian principles and teaches team work. Working together as a group to achieve common goals. In other words Skills for Soccer (a Team Sport) equals Skills for life. We are about to enter into a new soccer season, are you ready to sign up for the experience of a lifetime?

You know, ‘team spirit’ as a concept has been around for a long time. The Bible tells of many situations in the past where team work was employed to achieve a major goal. Nehemiah had a burning passion to rebuild the City of Jerusalem. He inspired all the people who were living there at the time to do what was considered impossible, to build up the wall around the City. It is recorded in Nehemiah and particularly in chapters 2 and 3 we read:

Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. Come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.”  Nehemiah 2:17

 

Remnants of the wall that once surrounded Jerusalem can be seen in the Old City. Excavated and Preserved by archaeologists

The people listened and responded to his plea and worked together to achieve the task.

Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They sanctified it and set up the doors of it; even unto the Tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the Tower of Hananeel. And next to him built the men of Jericho. And next to them built Zaccur the son of Imri. But the Fish Gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof and the bars thereof. 

Nehemiah 3:1-3

Nehemiah continues to relate how every group within the city laboured to complete the task, each one working on their section of the wall till the whole job was completed.

Our club, Logan United Christian Soccer Club, has a goal of providing a pathway for us, our children and yes, even our coaches and managers to grow socially, physically and spiritually. It is not just for the enjoyment of playing on game day with our mates, it is much bigger than that. It’s about building families, supporting each other in times of need, learning how to plan for our futures. And most of all being involved in an atmosphere of Christian Principles and working together in the spirit of Team Work. That’s our GOAL, will you make it your GOAL to join with us to work together to achieve it?

I am reminded that ‘Sign On’ is now open and the EARLY BIRD opportunity closes on the 6th December, don’t miss out, log in on the web page now (https://lucsoccer.com/registration-early-bird/) and complete your application.

I am looking forward to catching up with you all again on the sidelines in 2021 but until then, I pray that you all stay safe and well and have a very Happy and Holy Christmas. God Bless.

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