At 4:00 a.m. I was awake and wondering, had I adequately prepared for a lesson I’d be presenting later this morning? A roll, a turn. It was pointless. I was awake and left with only one option – review my lesson plan.

Quietly, I plugged the modem in and crept from the bedroom to my office. Digitally reconnected to the world, I pulled up the lesson and began to review, but I must admit, first I stole a peek at your Facebook headlines.

The first one I saw was from Matt Mobley. “4-3 Going to the championship.”

Another lady wrote, “Need a picture of what HUSTLE looks like?? These boys have hustled!! I am over the moon right now for them…”

I smiled at the thought of how excited we get for our children. Sure, we often wonder if they even realize how much we sacrifice for their fun – hopefully their growth and development as well – but we don’t truly know what they are gaining from the experiences we provide them until later in life.

Our responsibility is to simply do our best to provide opportunity. We are making an investment in them, in their future, in their potential. That journey is filled with excitement, satisfaction, pride, fear, and all too often heartache and pain, but we would not trade it for the world.

Nobody knows what a boy is worth,
We’ll have to wait and see.
But every man in a noble place,
A boy once used to be.

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