Saturday, December 06, 2014

"Coach Holtschlag" - 12/06/14 - 2 Corinthians 10-13

"The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will.
The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture.
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. (10:3-6)
Right now, a million, trillion miles (or so it seems), our Nichalas is coaching his first wrestling tournament. 
Coach Holtschlag.
ABBA has helped (again) through these verses in another moment where it is hard to be a mom.  Knowing ABBA has sent he and Amber where they are and is using them, helps in not focusing on our being apart and unable to share life day to day.  I marvel thinking about all the steps to the places  He has taken our children on.  Steps preparing, growing, using them.
I know that teaching these underprivileged kids how to wrestle is at the bottom of Nichalas' list.  He wants first and foremost to introduce them to ABBA.  To equip them in dealing with the attacks towards them from the world.  To show them and build them up on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
I know how He prays for each of these children, their families, Amber and himself.  He watches and follows The Holy Spirit where ABBA needs them to be.  I delight in looking back and seeing how ABBA has prepared Nichalas for this time.  For this time of being a Warrior for Him.
I know in this tournament there will be those who will wrestle unfairly, doing anything for a win.  I know Coach Holtschlag will be one to point his kids in the direction that really matters in how to respond to the unfairness of the world.  I know he is training these kids up with Christ as His Role Model. 
Utilizing the tools ABBA has given him which "are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity".

I know these kids are learning lessons to take them through their lives.  I also know, Coach Nichalas Holtschlag will always hold a place in their hearts. 
Because of our ABBA.   

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