Well, that’s when the trouble started. Doesn’t it almost always seem to happen this way? It’s like the old saying, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.” I was simply trying to do a good deed. That’s all, nothing more. But, unbeknownst to me, the Club that I had just agreed to work with as a brand new coach had an unpublished rule that a Coach is NEVER to contact the State Soccer Association directly. And the hubbub began. First the Head Director of Coaching sent me two nasty grams via text message with several words in all CAPS(that’s yelling in text talk). Then, a few hours later the VP of Soccer calls me and despite being nice about; he lets me know I was not supposed to call the State directly. Now, keep in mind, no one at this club told me anything. They have no manual, no training class, no orientation…..nothing formal. Then, this morning(the next day), the Director over the age group of my team calls me and gives me a little bit of the business. Then tonight, yet another VP from the club sends me some CAPITAL LETTERS in another email. All the while, I know these men are good guys that also care about the kids. But, WOW! One phone call to try to do a good deed and the world caught on fire!
So, I jump in my car last night in the Midst of this Chaos(see how I worked that in, cool huh?) and pop on the radio. I’m all pent up with frustration and still wondering if there is any help coming to little Danny. And I hear the soft voice of Laura Story streaming from my speakers…….
In our lives as Christians, it should never be hard to do the right thing. It should always be hard to do the wrong thing. Because there is no good in me, but for Christ within me. And if I let HIM take me all the way, and I truly am not just going through the motions, then I simply cannot do what is wrong.
Then this morning………the Third Witness appeared. God is so good, so loving, so omnipotent, so resolute. I log into my email and I have been tagged in a Facebook post by a friend who lost her child while still pregnant at 37 weeks on this day, 8 years ago. Truly a moment of Chaos that needed some Comfort. Her message began with,
~ Brad Nolan