The Lesson(s) I Learned From an 8-year-old
Olivia Grace had a soccer game last night. This wasn’t just a regular soccer game either. It was a scrimmage played at halftime of the UK Women’s soccer game against Auburn. To the “Infernos,” Olivia’s team, that was a big deal! Olivia told her mom that she was excited because it was “just another platform for her to perform on.” She was thrilled to get to show off the talents God has blessed her with to a bigger crowd and on a better field.
When I heard what Miss Olivia Grace said, I couldn’t help but think of Philippians 2:14-16.
“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you
as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
You see, Olivia Grace realizes that each opportunity she is given is a chance to shine, not only for her family and friends, but also for her Heavenly Father.
Olivia also loves to sing. She sings at home a lot! But, when the school talent show rolled around, she used the bigger platform to shine even more!
Every time we play Scrabble, Olivia always wins (and keep in mind she’s the youngest of those playing). Who knows, she might play in the Scrabble Championships one day!
God has given each one of us different platforms to perform on. We have stages at work, school, at social events, church, outreach ministries and just in everyday life. Sometimes it may be a small platform and sometimes He blesses us with a big one, but whatever kind of platform He chooses to give us, we need to use it to glorify Him.
So, thank you, Miss Olivia Grace, for reminding me to shine for Christ and always do everything for His glory!
“You could be a scientist. You could be a soccer player. It doesn’t matter as long as you do it all for the glory of God. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (Our Song from 1 Corinthians 10:31)
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, her favorite verse)!