Have you ever watched a group of young men play basketball? Friendly hellos turn into picking teams; offensive fouls become more frequent; and chest passes start to seem overly aggressive. It’s usually in the name of friendly competition, but the court can get heated pretty quick!
Agape hosts many basketball events. Every Tuesday, the men’s ministry hosts a weekly basketball night. There is often a pickup game beginning with the young adults of the neighborhood. Even our kids love to play knock-out or HORSE on the court. With the frequency and intensity of the game, an Agape neighbor recognized the need for a referee. George lives down the street from Agape and is a member of Restoration Community Church. He and his wife have been involved with Agape for several years. He was a student of the first graduate class of Agape’s Getting Ahead class. George is passionate and knowledgeable about basketball. He played ball growing up and his son played overseas. George’s kids are grown up now, so when George considered how he wanted to give back to the community, basketball refereeing was an obvious opportunity.
One evening, some young men were playing ball and George overheard a threat mumbled under the breath of a slighted player. George kept an eye on him and made sure he didn’t get overly aggressive. The young man chose not to act out on his threat, knowing he was under the watchful eye of George. The best part about George’s service is that he is always humble and gracious when reffing the games. He doesn’t increase the drama and is fair in his judgment. Humble, gracious, and fair? Praise God for neighbors like George who remind us of godly attributes!
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