When a Little Means a Lot
September 15, 2021 | Michael Foster
…In humility, value others above yourselves, not looking out for your own interests, but each of you looking out for the interests of others.
“Coach Foster, can I help you with anything before I go?”
It wasn’t just the question – it was the circumstances in which he asked it.
It had been a long day for this Forcey Middle School student. Coming back to school has been a great adjustment for everyone. But also, that Monday was supposed to be our first soccer game. We had practiced for three weeks, and the boys were excited to play an actual game. But, unfortunately, the other team had canceled, and the game the following day – despite all the great efforts of our wonderful Athletic Director, and much to his disappointment – was canceled as well!
How disappointing for these boys! Instead of playing their first game and looking forward to another, it was just another very hot day of practice with no game in sight. And they had just finished. And they were tired. And they had homework. And, come on, it was Monday! And still, he asked the question.
Looking around and seeing balls and cones and pinnies everywhere, he simply asked if he could help. And it meant a lot to this coach. He took his eyes off himself, saw the need around him, and made himself available to help someone else. And that’s what FAMILY is all about – Forget About Me I Love You. And it got me thinking – what would it look like for me to do that? What about you? What little things can you see and do that would mean a lot to someone else?