This has been an interesting week in the Fox household. The main thing going on is that Timm went from a football player to the football team manager. Last Friday, the team started hitting. He took a pretty good hit which shook him. He complained of a headache and sore neck all weekend. So we took him to Dr. Hakes, the chiropractor, to see what was going on. Dr. Hakes adjusted him and talked to him. He told Timm not to hit on Monday, and resuming everything on Tuesday. Well, by Tuesday, Timm didn't feel any better and didn't want to practice. So he decided to turn in his equipment. While doing that, the Athletic Director talked with him and suggested maybe he could help out the team and coaches. Timm told him he would have to talk to us about that and last night, Mike and Timm talked with Coach Lawson and though the coach really would like him to play, he agreed to have him help out as manager.
When talking to Timm through all this, he admitted that he was scared of getting hurt more seriously. We have all heard the horror stories and know that even though this possibility is slight, Timm's fear is real and valid. I can not force him to realize that what he fears will not happen. I can help him pray that God will calm him and let him know that no matter what he will be fine. I do not want to call this fear irrational because we all have fears that grip us and won't let us go.
Timm has never been aggressive enough for a lot of sports. Oh, he talks a great talk, but his bark is worse than his bite. He loves the idea of football and wants to be a help to the team. During football camp, he received an award for Most Enthusiastic. The coaches saw him as an encourager. Mike said he got the "cheerleader" award. Well, now that is what he is doing, encouraging, cheering on his fellow teammates, and helping behind the scenes at each practice and game. He can now be known as the Bobby Boucher of Monroe 7th Grade Football Team.
1 Thessalonians 3:2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
I am proud of Timm for stepping up and making this decision. I am hoping that the coaches will keep him interested and help him see that football is not as dangerous or scary and a little bit of pain won't hurt you. But, I am not even sure of the pain he is in. He is never one to complain too much, so keep Timm in your prayers while we trying and figure out what is going on with him.