A week or so ago, I was helping coach one of our kid’s soccer games. It was a pretty close game and the referee was struggling. It seemed more difficult than normal for her to get to the correct vantage point to make the best calls.

And then…in the middle of live play, while she was backpedaling she tripped and fell straight back.

A few seconds seemed like forever.

What do you do when the referee who is in charge of the game goes down?

Before anyone on the sidelines could get out to see if she needed any help, she got back up and waved for the play to continue. Although everyone was most certainly thinking the same thing, no one said a word.

I could tell she was mortified and to be honest, I know if it was me that had fallen, I would have been counting down the seconds to get that game over and leave.

However, she pushed through the embarrassment and stuck with it till the end. I’m sure it would have been easier in the moment to walk off the field and never referee again. But she made the tough choice and endured till the end.

There are times relationships can be like this…sometimes we may feel like giving up and walking away from a friendship. And in the moment, that may be the path of least resistance. However, the right thing to do is to find a way to reconcile what has gone wrong.

This Sunday, we begin a four-week sermon series entitled, brokenness and forgiveness studying through the book of Philemon. We will learn about Philemon a slave owner, Onesimus a slave and Paul a peacemaker. Paul writes to ask Philemon to accept Onesimus who was at one time useless but now he is useful.

Life brings bumps and sometimes we fall…flat on our face…brokenness is a part of our life.
Instead of giving up on a friendship, by the grace of God, it can be restored….maybe even better than ever.

I sure hope you can join us on Sunday in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.