On this beautiful, snowy Colorado morning, with my second cup of very strong English Yorkshire Gold tea in hand, I talked over Facebook messenger with my good friend, Megan (I know, that form of communication doesn’t quite fit the beautiful winter picture I’m painting, but it’s almost 2015 and it’s just the truth). Our conversing tossed back and forth seamlessly like the passing and catching of a football; Megan encouraging me//me accepting her encouragement//me, passing encouragement back to her//Megan, accepting mine as well.
Recently, I was told by someone that I have a gift for encouraging and edifying through my words. But to be honest, I don’t think I could inspire others greatly without the incredible people I have in my life who pour into me. Words of affirmation have always been a love language I enjoy both giving and receiving. In the midst of this particular conversation, Megan said something that really resonated with me:
“You have a way of seeing the potential in a person and you keep them moving forward to the calling God puts on their lives. I’m a person who always needs a good kicker. We can be kickers in each other’s fields!”
Now, I don’t have tons of football knowledge, but growing up in the south and attending many games, I know enough as a fan to understand some basic lingo. The kicker is the player who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals and extra points. There are various kicks that can be completed in a game (field goals, free kicks, kick offs, place kicks, etc), but they all involve strategy, training, and team work.
Alright, since at least probably 90% of my readers are female, I will stop with the football talk now and allow Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 to translate:
“It’s better to have a partner than go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.”
Having a kicker in your field will offer protection. Accountability. Help. Safety. But even more…having a kicker will increase your chances of winning. Megan is one of the friends in my life who is there to help me fight my battles, and is also there to help me conquer and find the victory.
Who can you encourage today? Who can you build up? Who can you fight for? Who’s field can you become a kicker for?