Life has taken a drastic turn for all of us, wouldn’t you say? It seems like life right now is missing the mark. Many archers think if they miss the ten-point mark they are not shooting well. But in reality, if they have a tight grouping anywhere on the target, they are on the right track. All they need to do at this point is to shift their aim.
I had hoped to share with you today about our students preparing for the NASP-National Archery in the Schools Program-national tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the young man, Gaige Stensgar, who qualified last year for the world tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, as a ten-year-old.
Last year Gaige ranked 30th in the world for his age bracket in 3D animal targets. He worked hard and qualified to compete against kids from all over the world.
At first, during one of this year’s PE practice sessions, he stated he wasn’t going to participate in this year’s state archery tournament recently held in Deer Park, Washington, then changed his mind after we had a heart-to-heart talk. It can be a lot of pressure for young kids to qualify for Nationals and Worlds then come back and have to live up to those high standards. And I was incredibly happy when Gaige changed his mind, persevered, and came to the state tournament.
Now eleven and in sixth grade, he looked forward to moving up with hopes of again qualifying for nationals. But now with the Coronavirus Pandemic weaseling its way into our nation, closing our schools and sports, and guaranteeing our towns, the archery national and world tournaments will either be rescheduled or canceled for the 2020 year. In case the tournaments will be rescheduled and Gaige does indeed qualify for nationals, I’m going to hold off on the complete interview with him.
For now, let’s take this time of rest and reflect on what is important: family, rest, rejuvenation, faith, relationships, and hope.
With many children home from school and many parents working from home, parents have a chance to reconnect with their children and be up close and personal with their education. There are many sites offering kid’s activities. Click here to view one of my favorites. I know my grandkid’s schools are handing out packets of work today because tomorrow school will close until April 24th.
With the weather warming up why not take time to go for a walk, do yard work, or take a day road trip.
Many of us have been working hard these past several months and now we can take time to pause and rest, read, and write. What elder needs an encouraging letter? Why not send them one? Who haven’t you talked with for a while? Why not call them?
My faith is what keeps me strong. Knowing God is still in control is what gives me peace and comfort. All things are possible with Him who strengthens us, including destroying the Coronavirus. Remember, being positive and hopeful is half the battle.
What better time than to hook up with a friend or two for tea with positive conversation and prayer.
Please remember there is always hope. In reality, we have choices. We can choose to panic and play into hysteria or we can choose to think clearly and use common sense. There is hope in calm and a loving God who promises to care for us. We were never promised an easy life, but He does promise to walk with us and protect us. We can choose joy, love, patience, kindness, and faith.
While we cannot control our circumstances, we can control how we react to it. Today, I choose to pray.
I pray and trust that God will provide for our nation’s needs and instill a peace that surpasses all understanding so we can all take time to search for fun ways to get through the quarantine in the same ways children hunt for butterflies in springtime with the same joy.
I pray you are able to have peace during this time of pause and take time to reflect on all of the blessings life has to offer. I pray we as a nation will be able to shift our aim and look up.
Please share ideas for the following: educational needs for your children, daycare, how you are finding rest, faith, and hope, ways we can help those in need, and anything else you can think of to help us all get through the next several weeks.