Around our house, football reigns.

You see, my husband is a high school head football coach. After teaching all day and running the team practice, he comes home to watch scouting films and scribble X’s and O’s on the nearest available pieces of paper. He relaxes on weekends by, what else, watching college and professional football games. Add free online fantasy leagues and a 6th grader who is playing on his middle school team . . .

So, what’s a girl to do when surrounded by so much football? Watch and learn.

(Learning about the game might help with dinner conversations and earn relationship points, but I’m talking about life in general. There are lessons to be learned and we’ll be looking at several of them over the next several weeks.)

Today’s lesson from football? The Time Out

The game of football is full of pushing and shoving along the line of scrimmage, bursts of action, crushing hits, and running back to the huddle to do it again. And again. A physical battle is waged over ball possession, field position, and points. Emotions run high, and sweat pours from athletes giving everything they have play after play after play.

Until the whistle blows.

“Time out called by the home team.”

The teams head for a sideline huddle. Managers rush over with water bottles. Coaches make crucial decisions and issue new instructions. Players catch their breath. When the brief but necessary time is up, they head back into battle.

What about us? Do you ever feel like you’re in a shoving match or being tackled to the ground by life’s circumstances? Like you’re in a battle of brief skirmishes or sustained drives? Like your energy is being drained even as you devote yourself to the task at hand?

Call a time out.

Catch your breath and regain your perspective on priorities. Rehydrate yourself with activities that fill you up. Weigh your options and make well-informed decisions. Get advice, correction, or encouragement from your coaches or teammates.

Then get back in the game.

Oh, and should I mention that football also has scheduled times of rest (aka half-time)? You don’t see players strutting around like rest is for weaklings or begging to stay out on the field because they have too much to do. If even muscular trained athletes need a break, how much more does this frazzled mom need to call a time out?

Do you call time-outs? Do you find them beneficial? What is your favorite form of rehydration? And, what’s your biggest excuse for not resting?

Football Friday – Time Out
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4 thoughts on “Football Friday – Time Out

  • August 28, 2009 at 4:28 am

    >I LOVE the Friday football idea! That's really creative, Candee! I hate time outs! I'm in one right now and am trying to enjoy the time off from working on a novel, but I'm so ready to jump back into the game! At least hopefully I'll be really ready and refreshed by the time I start up again!

  • August 28, 2009 at 8:41 am

    >Hey, Candee! You're so right… God has taught me a lot about rest in the past few years. It started wtih being put on indefinite rest and having to learn a lifestyle of it. It's so worth it, but it's still a struggle at times!

    Have a great weekend!

  • August 28, 2009 at 10:13 am

    >I learned about rest the hard way through chronic fatigue syndrome. Even when I'm tempted to do "just one more thing" before taking a break.

    My weekend is starting with a football scrimmage tonight. Will my husband be happy or grumpy?

  • August 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    >What a humble spirit that you recognized that even football contains lessons that we can employ in our spiritual journey.

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