Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I wrote an article for Western Friend: https://westernfriend.org/article/prophets-field-play
It's about my experiences as a sporting official and what I've learned from them. Before you figure that sport and competition aren't part of your life, check out these passages:
....printed rules are just a starting point. Each sport has its own web of tradition and culture that undergirds those rules.....Friends hang together, accept grace and share meals, worship, discuss, dispute, and resolve issues. Through these processes – more than by having and reading certain books – we grow together into a religious society.
....As important as calm awareness of all that is happening .... may be, I have also discovered a hindrance for me in that mindset. I can get so caught up in noticing all things that I lose the decisive attitude I need ....The need for decisiveness challenges me, even as I know it is required. Without a proactive official, players learn they can take advantage of the situation.
....wherever we face adversity – effort and commitment typically draw out our best selves. Adversity can also help us to realize the presence of Christ within us as a motivating force for good. Just as the spirit of the game needs officials to defend it, the spirit of our time needs prophets and prayer leaders.
For what they're worth, read some more words through the link. I'll be interested in supportive and intelligible comments.