Last year I posted a picture about two basketball teams coming together before a game to pray. Our team was in the playoffs and when we traveled out of town to play the opponent, we were inspired by the leadership and example of one girl on their team. She would lead the girls from her own team, as well as the other team, in a prayer before the game.
About a month ago, a few girls on our team (including our daughter), decided to begin the basketball prayer circle before each of their games, inviting the opponent to join them. All of the teams have been willing participants in the prayer before each game. It's a great thing to see! God is definitely being glorified by the hearts and examples of all of these girls!
I wonder......Is this example continuing on and other teams doing so at their own games? Will it cause other teams to decide to do next year for their own teams? Are the fans in the stands being inspired to go and let their light shine in a different way because of this example? Is the prayer changing the hearts of some of the players? It's interesting to me that it's been only with girls' teams, so far. Will boys' teams begin to do prayers, as well?
Each of these questions is something that really may be happening.....all because of one girls' example last year. We never know where our influence will go and the good it will bring to the lives of others. We will never know how far our example may reach.
- In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praiseyour Father in heaven.
- Matthew 5:16