This post was originally posted March 21, 2011. I love the simple message and thought I would share it with you again.
One evening when I was with Tafton’s mother, she said “Tafton had his first club soccer tryout last evening…kind of a gruelingly-long tryout. There were very few kids his age, so they threw him in with the bigger boys and made them scrimmage for an hour and a half.” She added with a smile, “He loved it all.”
“Before we left for the tryouts,” she continued, “he had mentioned that a friend of his who is really good at soccer wasn’t trying out because he had gotten hurt playing and didn’t want to play soccer anymore. Tafton must have been thinking about this a bit more because while we were driving to the tryouts he made the following comments in the car.”
She then shared his comments with me. “Tafton said, ‘So I was thinking about this thing of getting hurt. And it seems like if you get hurt, you just can keep doing the thing you’re doing like running or playing soccer. Because hurt is only the body’s struggle. Not your struggle.’”
I want to put this comment in perspective. Tafton is seven years old. But he is a regular Sunday school student and he has already given a few testimonies on Wednesday evening in his local Christian Science Church. To me he seems to be gaining a good understanding that man is spiritual – and how to deal with mortal images.
So, can we remember that it is not our struggle?